14 February 2011

Winter Interest

I've become completely converted to the idea that the best winter interest in my climate is house plants. And at the moment perhaps my favorite houseplant is the bromelias Bilbergia pyramidalis 'Striata' I grew it outside last summer, where it was perfectly happy. Brought it inside to cool temperatures and pretty low light (an east window, with lots of other plants blocking the sun) and it has kept on growing -- seemingly unfazed by me forgetting to water it. I'd grow it for the bold, vase-shaped, yellow-striped foliage alone, but come mid-winter, it thrilled me with a flower spike covered with bright pink bracts:
Which opens to reveal delicate purpley blue flowers
Easy, lovely, winter flowering... what more could you want? Now I want to collect the whole genus...

4 comments:

Tom said...

Such a great plant, I really can't believe they're not more popular than they are!

Mrs Bok - The Bok Flock said...

I've never seen that plant flower!

allan said...

Interesting.. but when i click on the blogs you read ...nothing happens...kinda like when i try to grow blueberries!!! Your blog is interesting!!!

Greensparrow said...

Allan, Hmm... Thanks for mentioning that. The blog list USED to work. I wonder why it stopped? Glad you are enjoying my blog, despite the bugs!