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.

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