Monday, December 1, 2008

Neoregelia carolinae x 'Big Red'

These cultivars are selections from a batch of seed I grew on from NZ breeder Gerry Stansfield. He has produced many fine plants over the years. This batch was from Neo carolinae x 'Foster's Giant Red', which I had initially listed as 'Big Red'. 'Foster's Giant Red' comes from the same breeding as 'Fosperior' and 'Dexter's Pride'.

Neoregelia 'Exotica Diablo'
This cultivar grows up to 45cm wide with dark green leaves tinged with burgundy red. At flowering, the centre turns scarlet red, which lasts for months. Prefers bright light to bring out red leaf colour, but avoid midday sun.

Neoregelia 'Exotica Dark Goddess'
This is an excellent cultivar with gloriously rich dark plum coloured leaves, even darker than the photo shows. It shows many of the characteristics of the larger parent and is a good size itself exceeding 50 cm wide. Like many from this cross, at flowering the centre turns dark blood red, which lasts for months.

Neoregelia 'Exotica Red Dragon'

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