Saturday, December 13, 2008

Neoregelia 'Exotica Red Queen'

This stunning hybrid came from a cross I made between Neo. 'Sheer Delight' and a dark red form of Neo. aff princeps that I obtained from Brazil. It forms rosettes of rich tamarillo red leaves lightly speckled and occasionally splashed with lime green, up to 20cm high by 50cm wide. At flowering, the centre lightens to crimson which makes a really nice contrast. Great as an accent plant in open landscapes. Prefers bright light or full sun (with a little midday shade in mid summer) to bring out red leaf colour. Can take slight frosts.

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