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Neoregelia carolinae ‘Tricolor’

Blushing bromeliad

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassZingiberidaeGingers and related plants
OrderBromelialesBromeliads: tropical plants adapted to limited water, often epiphytes
FamilyBromeliaceaeBromelias: tropical and subtropical plants, the best known being pineapple
GenusNeoregeliaNamed for Eduard August von Regel, director of St. Petersburg Botanic Gardens in Russia (1815-1892)
SpeciescarolinaeNamed for Caroline Morren, wife of Charles Jacques Édouard Morren, director of the Liège, Belgium botanical garden and bromeliad fancier extraordinaire

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Neoregelias are members of the bromeliad family, and are from eastern Brazil. This cultivated variety is not found in the wild.

Plants: Plants are up to 18" (45 cm) high and about the same in diameter. They like wet, hot, sunlit conditions.

Leaves: Leaves are waxy, long, narrow, and pointed, about 12" (30 cm) × 1-1½" (2.5-3.8 cm), green-edged, with cream/green stripes along their length.. They emerge from the center of the plant, which lacks a stem (acaulescent). At flowering time, the centers of these plants become brilliant red.

Flowers: Like most neoregelias, these are not known for their flowers, which are inconspicuous. This is unusual, in that most bromeliads have prominent flowers.

Online References:

The Missouri Botanical Garden


Bromeliad Plant Care Information


Dr. Giuseppe Mazza's PhotoMazza.com site


Neoregelia carolinae ‘Tricolor’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Neoregelia carolinae (blushing bromeliad)

8/31/2013 · Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, Virginia
≈ 12 × 8" (31 × 21 cm)

Neoregelia carolinae (blushing bromeliad)

7/13/1991 · Hawaii Eclipse Trip, Hawaii

Neoregelia carolinae (blushing bromeliad)

8/31/2013 · Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, Virginia
≈ 31 × 21" (79 × 53 cm)

Range: Zones 10-11:

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