It's Bill!Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Billbergia Pyramidalis, native to Brazil, joined my garden about six months ago. Now its much awaited inflorescence has finally emerge from its rosette of green, smooth, hard leaves.
The cluster of bright red flowers that formed the flower head made the inflorescence look like a torch. When the three petaled flowers opened, I see blueish purple stigma and yellow stamens. The tip of the flower petals is purple as well.
It only took a few days for the whole inflorescence to grow out and flourishing its flowers. The flowers opened and spent fast as well. The whole flower head lasted only about a week.
Although this inflorescence is not so full of flowers compared with those I have seen from the Internet, I am hoping that the plant will grow lots of pups soon... its colour, red is really unusually striking!
PS: If you have any tips either on how to prolong the life span of the inflorescence or how to grow the flower head fully, please let me know. Thanks!