Alcantarea imperialis


Alcantarea imperialis

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Mountains outside Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Growth Habit:

This is one of the larger bromeliads, forming a rosette of leathery leaves up to 4 feet across. In nature it grows clinging to rock faces, slowly accumulating fallen organic debris to create its own soil.

Growing Requirements:

Plant in humus-rich soil in light shade and keep moist.


It may take plants ten years or more to reach blooming size. Once the large inflorescence is finished, the plant dies, but it usually makes one or more offsets that can be removed and grown on.

Where at Lotusland:

Several in the bromeliad gardens. This blooming one is in the lower garden.

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