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Odorata Bromeliad

Alcantarea odorata

  • ​Common Name: Odorata (another common name: Fragrant Alcantarea)
  • Scientific Name: Alcantarea ‘Odorata’
  • Family Name: Bromeliaceae
  • Origin: Brazil
  • Height: 3’ – 4’
  • Width: 4’ – 6’
  • Growth: slow
  • Zone: 10A - 11
  • Light Needs: Full sun – Partial shade
  • Salt Tolerance:  resistant to salt spray
  • Soil/PH/Texture: will grow in most soils or without soil, mildly acidic – mildly alkaline (pH 6.1 – 7.8)
  • Soil Moisture: water periodically inside the rosette, but do not over water, never leave soil soggy
  • Drought Tolerance: high and humidity tolerant
  • Pests/Diseases: Fairly pest and disease resistant besides the occasional mealybug or scale
  • Growing Conditions: easy to grow and low maintenance
  • Characteristics: grown for its foliage, when young the spineless leaves are pale green with silver banding, as the slender leaves grow mature, they change to a silver – bluish color. The showy and fragrant flowers are pale – bright yellow, under 1”, and branch out on a 5’ - 8’ spike in late spring – mid summer. It can take anywhere from 3 – 5 years to flower. Because this plant is monocarpic it will die after its bloom fades, but it reproduces pups at the base of it to replace it.
  • Propagation: by dividing rhizomes, bulbs, pups, or offsets.
  • Wildlife: attractive to birds, bees, and butterflies
  • Facts: unknown
  • Designer Considerations: can be used as an accent plant, small specimen, border plant, hanging from bark or wood on a patio wall or as a container plant on a patio or deck.

Odorata Bromeliad


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