Vriesea fosteriana

2006

Vriesea fosteriana

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Nativity:

Southern Brazil.

Growth Habit:

A perennial forming a loose rosette. The leaves can reach up to 3 feet long and the flower spike grows over 5 feet tall. The flowers bloom at night and in habitat are pollinated by bats.

Growing Requirements:

For best color V. fosteriana should be grown with filtered light but not in direct sun. The plant grows best in a well-drained soil as it is shallow-rooted and may rot in wet soils. It also obtains moisture collected in the “cup” in the center of the leaves.

Features:

This bromeliad is grown for its impressive foliage which has striking wavy patterns on a dark green background. The pale yellow bell-shaped flowers are arranged in rows on a spike that emerges from the center of the plant. There are several varieties and cultivars including “Red Chestnut” which has the same striking markings but with dark red coloring.

Where at Lotusland:

There are several V. fosteriana and one clump of “Red Chestnut” in the Lower Bromeliad Garden

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