Bromeliads

 

Bromeliads are strikingly beautiful and some of the easiest plants to care for.Technically they are considered air plants. Their roots are not used to take up water or nutrients, instead they are only used to anchor the plant in position. They don't need fertilzer and aren't bothered by pests. Most don't need watering, since the plant collects water when it rains and stores it in a central cup. Most are shade plants, but there are quite a few that thrive in full sun. Most live from 2 to 4 years and send up one glorious bloom from the center that lasts a long time before dying. But don't worry , before that happens they will produce offsets  around the base of the plant so you will always have a comstant supply..

Aechmea Patricial

Aechmea Patricia

Shade (green leaves) to full sun (red leaves).

Alcantarea imperialis

Alcantarea Imperialis

Long lived and very large. Specimen plant. Shade or full sun. Salt resistant and cold tolerant.

alcantaria odorata

Alcantarea Odorata

Partial shade to full sun. 32" across.

Androlepis Paradise

Androlepis Paradise

Partial shade to full sun.

Hohenbergia Castellanosii

Hohenbergia Castellanosii

Full sun.

Neoregalia Amazonia

Neoregalia Amazonia

Partial shade.

Neoregalia Chili Verde

Neoregalia Chili Verde

Partial shade to full sun.

Neoregalia Cruenta

Neoregalia Cruenta

Shade to full sun, 3 ft. across. 

Neoregalia cruenta red

Neoregalia Cruenta Red

Partial shade to full sun.

Neoregalia Fiesta

Neoregalia Fiesta

Partial shade.

Neoregalia Fireball

Neoregalia Fireball

Full sun.

Neoregalia Hannibal Lecter

Neoregalia Hannibal Lecter

Partial shade to full sun

Neoregalia  Karunesh

Neoregalia Karunesh

Full shade.

Portea Petropolitana

Portea Petropolitana

Partial shade to full sun.

Vriesea Kupperiana

Vriesea Kupperiana

Light shade.

Vriesea Platynema Rubia

Vriesea Platynema Rubia

Light or partial shade to full sun.