Cutflower Nomenclature

Scientific/Botanical Name:

Genus: Neoregelia



English Name:


Common Name:

Crimson Cup, Marbled Fingernail, Blushing Bromeliad, Ossifragi Vase, Miniature Marble Plant, Aregelia

Botanical Family:

Name in Latin: Bromeliaceae

Name in English: Bromelaid Family

The Plant

Origin: Brazil,

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

Blooming Period:

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.

Special feature/remarks:

There are over 5000 registered cultivars.