Vriesea, Flaming Sword
|USDA Hardiness Zone
|Canadian Hardiness Zone
|Requires cold season protection under glass.
|RHS Hardiness Zone
|30 - 100 cm
|15 - 100 cm
|A houseplant suited to bright, or indirect light indoors. Planted as a tropical landscape plant.
|Grows best with some shade to full sun in a variety of soils as long as it is well-drained.
|Leaf spots, bacterial soft rot, scales, and mealybugs.
|Lance-shaped or linear, long 20- 60 cm, pale green often with cross bands, smooth margins; may have colourful bracts at leaf bases; often arching, forming a funnel-shaped rosette.
|Short-stalked yellow and red colour flowers in flattened spike-like racemes or panicles in 2 rows, petals often tubular and short-lived, bracts often coloured and lasting months.
|Rosette dies after bloom, but offsets replace it; may not bloom indoors with insufficient light or environment.
|Harry P. Leu Gardens, Orlando, Florida, United States of America.