Alcantarea imperialis bromeliad flower buds
Endemic to Brazil in rocky slope locations.
A large and stunning bromeliad with a dense rosette of wide strap-like, corrugated leaves with a smooth margin. This stunning plant takes years to flower just once before producing offsets with a large flower spike (up to 2.5 m in height) that is covered with hundreds of flowers. The flower spike can last up to 12 months. After flowering, the mother plant will start to die-back while new pups are produced alongside.
This is cultivar 'Rubra'. Leaves of this plant turn a gorgeous burgundy in high sunlight.
Growing to an impressive 1.5 m x 1.5 m.
''Alcantarea imperialis'' is a species of bromeliad in the genus ''Alcantarea''. This species is endemic to Brazil.