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Products > Vriecantarea 'Julietta' PP26,259
 
Vriecantarea 'Julietta' PP26,259
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tropical
Family: Bromeliaceae (Bromeliads)
Origin: South America
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Cream
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Parentage: (Alcantarea x Vriesea)
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Light Shade/Part Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32 F
x Vriecantarea 'Julietta' PP26,259 - A unique large cup forming bromeliad to 4 feet across by 3 feet tall with upright and then outwardly arching glossy dark purple and green leaves. When mature it can produce a red spike inflorescence to 7 feet tall bearing cream colored flowers, though this is more likely to occur in warmer climates than our own. Plant is bright shade with regular irrigation. The frost hardiness of this plant has yet to be determined but the one parent, Alcantarea imperialis (formally Vriesea imperialis) does grow outdoors in protected shady locations in warm areas of coastal California. Likely this plant should be protected from frost. This is a unique large bromeliad for the shade garden and can be used interior plant use, retaining good color for about six months under moderate light levels. This is a complex hybrid that was result of the selection of self-pollinated seedlings of x Vriecantarea 'Volcano's Mist', itself the result of crossing between Alcantarea imperialis and Vriesea 'Poelmanii', which is actually a complex hybrid that was the result of crossing Vriesea 'Van Geertii' (V. incurvata x V. duvaliana) and Vriesea 'Gloriosa' (V. barilletii x V. incurvata). The final cross that created this plant was done by David Fell in 2009 with this resulting selection made in 2010. It was noted that 'Julietta' had more intensely colored leaves that were thicker with a more waxy cuticle than the parent 'Volcano Mist'. This plant was introduced by Hawaiian Sunshine Nursery in Waimanalo, HI. A US Plant Patent was issued on this plant in 2015 and the plant was voted Tropical Plant Exibition's Favorite New Foliage Plant for 2013. Image courtesy of Hawaiian Sunshine Nursery .  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing x Vriecantarea 'Julietta' PP26,259.