Plant of the Day

Friday 30 September 2016

Fascicularia bicolor is a rosette-forming, terrestrial bromeliad with slender, spiny-toothed, rigid, evergreen leaves up to 50cm long. In summer each mature rosette produces a dense central cluster of pale sky-blue flowers while the innermost leaves turn scarlet red. Here it is growing in a sheltered sunny location at Writtle University College campus, Essex, U.K. near the landscape and garden design studio. This plant needs a free-draining, gritty, humus-rich soil, in a sheltered, ideally frost-free location with protection from winter wet.

Jill Raggett