There are over 2,500 varieties of bromeliads. At home I always try to have one or two in residence: they make very rewarding houseplants. To the left is the type I often keep as a houseplant. I always try to find one with variegated leaves.
The colorful flower (technically called inflorescence) on each plant lasts quite a few months and then dries prettily. They require little care, just an occasional watering into the “funnel” from which the flower emerges.
The pineapple is a type of bromeliad that I eat on a regular basis. Click here for a great site with lots of good info about these fascinating plants.
Here on Maui, the bromeliads grow wild and are so huge that they appear to be on steroids. Below are a few varieties I saw yesterday. I focused my camera on the inflorescences because I couldn’t keep my eyes off them.