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botanical name:
Fascicularia bicolor
Fascicularia bicolor © Deeproot Plant Base
synonyms:  Fascicularia andina, Fascicularia pitcairniifolia
family:  Bromeliaceae
characteristics: perennial, evergreen
height: 0.45m
width: 0.60m
growth rate:
growth habit:
leaf colour: red & green
flower colour: light blue
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, moist soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: 2°C
USDA zone: 10 to 10
description:
Terrestrial bromeliad forming rosettes of slender, rigid, spiny-toothed leaves, the inner ones becoming bright red during summer, when the dense central corymbs of pale blue flowers, surrounded by white bracts, are produced.

cultivation:
Poor, sharply drained soil in full sun. Dislikes excessive winter wet. Regarded as tender, but survives outdoors in mild British gardens.

propagation:
By seed, sown in winter or spring at about 27°C, or by division in spring or summer.

other notes:
The name Fascicularia pitcairniifolia is sometimes incorrectly used for this species, it is in fact a synonym for Ochagavia litoralis.

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