colour Canistropsis billbergioides
to inject a bit of colour into your dreary, winter garden? Well
we have a colourful solution.
the bromeliad family, the Canistropsis billbergioides come
in a number of colourful varieties, which mainly flower from May
The eye-catching plants
are small to medium sized and grow to about one foot to 18 inches
They are identifiable
by their large green leaves, showcasing a central, clustered head
of colour in showy oranges, pinks or reds.
They do best in shady
areas so it pays to plant them under trees, or in areas that don't
receive a lot of afternoon sun.
If you are
planting them during winter take note that they get the shade they
need so that come summer they are not scorched by the sun.
Among our favourites
are the 'Citron', 'Persimmon' and 'Tutti Frutti'. The Citron, a
bright yellow variety as its name would suggest, is smaller than
most varieties. Flowering from May to September, it bears shiny
green leaves that are slightly lighter and softer than others. The
Citron is perfect as a pot plant.
The Persimmon features
an unusual star shaped flower with a striking burnt orange colour
with slight tinges of green.
It remains in
colour for up to three months. Again, it is ideal for pot plants,
but if outdoors it is best under dense trees, where its flowers
appear to shine from the shade.
It flowers a little earlier
than other varieties sometimes flowering as early as March.
The Tutti Frutti has
larger leaves and features one of the more stunning flowers. The
dramatic burnt orange flower changes to a deep mulberry read as
For more information
go to www.bromeliads.co.nz