February 8, 2023
Vriesea splendens

Vriesea splendens

Vriesea splendens or Flaming Sword is from the Bromeliaceae family of plants. It is an evergreen perennial that forms a rosette of horizontally striped green and brown leaves. In the summer, it produces a reddish-orange bract where yellow flowers appear. Vriesea splendens is native to Guyana, Trinidad, and Venezuela.

Vriesea splendens
Vriesea splendens at a border in St James’s Park in London

Vriesea splendens was brought to Europe in the 1800s. Vriesea splendens was named after Willem Hendrik de Vriese (1806-1862), a Dutch botanist by John Lindley(1799-1865) a British botanist. Willem Hendrik de Vriese studied medicine and he gave classes in both medicine and medicine. He published “Hortus Spaarne-Bergensis” and “Plantae Indiae Batavae Orientalis: quas, in itinere per insulas Archipelagi Indici Javam, Amboinam, Celebem, Ternatam, aliasque, annis 1815-1821 exploravit Casp. Georg. Carol. Reinwardt“.

Vriesea splendens
Vriesea splendens

This is a tropical plant so it prefers temperature above 50°F. Keep the soil moist and provide a lot of diffused light. This is an epiphytic plant and it can grow attached to bark or slab. But if you plant it try an orchid mix. The main plant dies after flowering and you can then separate the offsets. Propagate by seed or offsets. Usually, it is disease-free but watch out for scale insects. Watch out for leaf spots, bacterial soft rot, and mealybugs.

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