x Sincoregelia 'Galactic Warrior' (Galactic Warrior Bromeliad) - A very showy and relatively slow growing bromeliad with clusters of 16 to 24 inch wide rosettes of narrow green leaves that have cream to yellow margins. The entire rosette is also flushed a beautiful pinkish red color when grown in bright light and gets darker red as the violet flowers, that are held tight in cluster in the center of the rosette, begin to emerge.
Plant in full to part sun in a well-drained potting soil and irrigate regular. In our Santa Barbara gardens it has been hardy to short duration temperatures just below freezing without damage. This is a very showy large container plant.
Jimmy Antles selected this variegated sport of x Sincoregelia 'Ralph Davis' from a plant given to him in 1987 by Dr. Tom Montgomery. 'Ralph Davis' is a hybrid that resulted in crossing what was known then as Orthophytum navioides and Neoregelia carolinae 'Meyendorf' (or 'Meyendorffii'). For this reason, these hybrids ('Ralph Davis' and 'Galactic Warrior') were both called x Neophytum but because of the "re-establishment" of the genus Sincoraea as outlined in the January-March 2016 Journal of the Bromeliad Society (Vol 66 N.1 pp.6-19), which noted that eleven former Orthophytum species have been renamed as species of Sincoraea, including Orthophytum navioides. This change caused the name for hybrids between these plants to be redubbed x Sincoregelia. This plant won the won the Foster Award at the October 1992 Southwest Guild Show in Houston, Texas, and that same year at the Houston Bromeliad Society.
We first received a single plant of this variety from Jeff Chemnick of Aloes in Wonderland in 2015 who had just been sent a few plant by a Florda Bromeliad grower. We built up stock and released our first one at the 2022 Ganna Walska Lotusland Exceptional Plant Auction and then released them for generals sales in the nursery in 2023.
Information about x Sincoregelia 'Galactic Warrior' displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.