Scientific name: family Bromeliaceae
Description: These members of the pineapple family are natives of tropical America. The thick, broad leaves occur in rosettes that form funnels. The blossoms grow from these funnels on top of a distinctively attractive involucre (topmost whorl of leaves supporting the blossoms). Moisture absorbing organs called scales provide striking banding patterns on leaves.
Light: Moderate to bright
Temperature: Warm room temperature
Methods of propagation: Seeds and offshoots
Comment: After blooming, the parent plant dies. Offshoots, or pups, provide for the steady renewal of the plant.