Hardy pineapple relation flourishing at Grant


A pineapple relation is happy and flowering in front of the Grant. Bright red leaves, which signal flowering, frame a metallic blue flower head. This is a rather rare plant here, and while it looks it would be more at home in a tropical plant section of a garden centre, it has survived several harsh winters in front of the Grant. A terrestrial rosette forming bromeliad from southern Chile and Argentina, it only displays the bright red leaves before flowering. It may grow as an epiphyte (growing upon another shrub or tree) in its native habitat. The specialized form of the flower and bright red of the central rosette would indicate that its main pollinator is the hummingbird, although it is unclear whether the local birds realize that yet!

Come take a look at this unusual plant in its tropical colours.