The unusual appearance of the bromeliad would seem to indicate that the plant is high maintenance and requires special gardening skills. Nothing could be further from the truth! These plants are EASY!
The plant is prized for its thick foliage that grows in a natural rosette. Near the end of its life, a bromeliad plant may produce an inflorescence, or flower. whose form and color vary widely among each variety. Although this does indicate that the mother plant will eventually decline, small pups will spring from the sides of the plant, thus continuing the lifecycle!
The wide leaves are sword shaped or scoop-like and grow around a central “cup.” This cup catches water in the plant’s habitat, so you can actually water through that cup as well! . Bromeliad plants are often epiphytic and cling to trees or other structures. They are not parasitic but simply use the structures as perches from which to gather sun and moisture.
They are as happy indoors as outdoors in San Francisco. Indoors give them access to bright gentle light, and outdoors give them partial shade.