Blushing bromeliad

Neoregelia carolinae | Also known as: Nidularium carolinae, Aregelia carolinae | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

An evergreen bromeliad, the great attraction of neoregelia carolinae is its glossy bicolour foliage. Its strap-shaped, leathery, slightly serrated dark green leaves, grow in dense rosettes, but the centre of the rosette is flushed a vivid crimson, leading to its common name, the blushing bromeliad. A summer bloomer, it produces tiny, vase-shaped lavender flowers in red bracts right at the heart of the plant, where a natural water cup forms. Grow the blushing bromeliad indoors in bromeliad compost, bright filtered light and humid conditions. Water generously when growing and sparingly in winter. Outdoors, plant in well-drained loamy or sandy soil in a sheltered area.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.2 - 0.3
Spread [m]
  • 0.4 - 0.6
Dominant flower colour
  • Purple
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Orange-green
Foliage in summer
  • Orange-green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Orange-green
Foliage in winter
  • Orange-green
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • offsets
Growth habit
  • Rosette
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z13-15
Heat zone
  • H12-1
Heat days
  • 0 - 210
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Woodland
  • Coastal
Garden spaces
  • Shade
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years