A few nights ago I attended a Bromeliad auction. What an amazing array of interesting, unusual plants.
There were so many South American species I’d never seen before, but this one REALLY stood out:
B. amoena SU262 is a larger hybrid of the endemic Brazilian species B. amoena. At maturity, SU262 measures 20″ tall x 18″ wide, producing an erect showy inflorescence with rose colored bracts. The bracts in the photo are a few weeks away from revealing blue tipped green flowers similar to those in the photo below:
A unique feature of the pendulous billbergia inflorescence is the way the bracts create an umbrella to cover the flowers’ stamens/pistils. This protective mechanism prevents pollen from being washed or blown away before insects can spread it to other flowers.
Billbergia amoena is surprisingly hardy in the landscape, able to withstand temperatures between 26-28F with minimal damage. In Zones 9+ planting in full sun is ill-advised due to potential leaf burn. Morning or dappled sun works best.
Another interesting fact: Billbergias are equally at home mounted in trees or planted terrestrially (or in pots!), but good air circulation is key in all 3 environments. When the inflorescence is nearly spent, pups form around the base of the “mother’ plant eventually forming large, clumping colonies.
Before I close, a few other photos from the auction:
Until next time…
🙂 🙂 🙂
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