Crimson Cup, Marbled Fingernail, Blushing Bromeliad, Ossifragi Vase, Miniature Marble Plant, Aregelia
Name in Latin: Bromeliaceae
Name in English: Bromelaid Family
Growth Habit: compact rosette leaves with spines
Flower: Inflorescences form in a shallow depression the center of the plant, which often fills partway with water, through which the flowers bloom
Leaf: leaves immediately surrounding the inflorescence are very often brightly colored, and many species show banding or striping on most or all of their leaves.
Neoregelia species are commonly cultivated and hybridized for their colorful foliage.
Care and Handling
Soil: Any soil mix. These are technically air plants that use their roots for support.
Amount of water: Keep water in the central cup. Change water frequently with clean water to prevent odor and bacteria
Nutrition: fertilize very sparingly with a liquid fertilizer in the central cup during growing season.
Special handling: indirect light or moderate shade. They can be acclimated to higher light levels.
There are over 5000 registered cultivars.