ALCANTAREA IMPERIALIS RUBRA
Part shade to full sun. One of the giants. This Bromeliad grows to a span of more than 1.5 metres, although it takes up to ten years to get to this size. The thick red flower spike reaches up to 2.5 metres in height, producing hundreds of slightly fragrant white flowers. The leaves are quite leathery and tough and the plant can withstand relatively cool nights for a Vriesea as it is native to mountains near Rio de Janeiro at an elevation of 1,500 metres. In bright light, the leaves take on a deep red cast. Previously named Vriesea imperialis.