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I bought a half acre in New Smyrna Beach and there is a very large and growing larger patch, of Bromelia Balansae. It really is beautiful. My concern is the University of Florida has this bromeliad on their non-native invasive species list. It's from South America. It will be a goal to keep it in check, though. It really is amazing to see it growing in the wild. It took years for me to learn this plant's identity. It is a very colorful, beautiful landscaping specimen.
I will keep it forever. By the way, this plant produces absolutely delicious fruit that look something like apricots. I like it better than pineapple. Share some space, pineapple.
Another plus is that it is tolerant of some freezing temperatures. This is a very beautiful plant. The only thing I don't enjoy about it, is the very sharp edges. The flowers have a wonderful yet different fragrance. Where thick gloves when transplanting or handling. The red color seems to be most prominent during the non-winter seasons, usually months before blooming. From South America. Gardeners' Notes: 3.
Post a comment about this plant. Popular Plants. Use of this Web site constitutes acceptance of the Davesgarden. Bromeliaceae bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee Info. Bromelia bro-MEE-lee-uh Info. On May 3, , ransom3 from Zephyrhills, FL wrote: It took years for me to learn this plant's identity. On Jun 17, , palmbob from Acton, CA Zone 8b wrote: great terrestrial drought tolerant bromeliad with a bright day-glo red center, and thick, compact white flowers with magenta edges.
Plant Profile: Heart of Flame (Bromelia Balansae)
Bromelia interior. Characteristics: Perennial, erect and acaulescent plant of the size of 40 to 90 cm 1 to 3 feet , forms tussocks. Leaves in basal rosettes in lanceolate, coriaceous, with margins provided with hooked spines, red base and green at the apex, up to one meter 3 feet long. The violet flowers are arranged in a raceme leaving the center of the rosette. The fruits are obovate or oval berries in yellow color, have one length of 3 to 5 cm and one diameter of 2 to 3 cm. The pulp is white or yellow with 8 to 14 seeds per fruit.
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The edibility of Wild Pineapple fruit varies person to person. Photo by Green Deane. I took the picture above while out bicycling on a Christmas Day, What made it hard to identify was that it looked like three different plants.
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I bought a half acre in New Smyrna Beach and there is a very large and growing larger patch, of Bromelia Balansae. It really is beautiful. My concern is the University of Florida has this bromeliad on their non-native invasive species list. It's from South America. It will be a goal to keep it in check, though. It really is amazing to see it growing in the wild. It took years for me to learn this plant's identity.