Funky Florida Flora – Flaming Torch Bromeliad


Right about the time the Hurricane season begins to peak, as in today! The Flaming Torch Bromeliads start to flower. Some people call these Hurricane Bromeliads for that reason. Most people call them Torch or Flaming Torch Bromeliads, the botanists call them Billbergia pyramidalis.

These are common passalong plants in Florida and possibly the most common Bromeliad in the landscape. Hardy to 20 degrees, reliable flowering and blooming in groups lasting for a couple of weeks in late summer makes this a good plant to gift a friend.


Foliage is on the yellow side of light green, making a good contrast with the bright flowers. This plant is best sited in well-drained partial shade and will happily climb trees, converting from a terrestrial to an epiphytic plant.00100lportrait_00100_burst20190820135843791_cover.


14 comments on “Funky Florida Flora – Flaming Torch Bromeliad

  1. Anonymous says:

    That is interesting that the plants will climb trees. Very adaptive.

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  2. Eliza Waters says:

    They do look like a torch, bet that red really stands out in the landscape.

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  3. Chloris says:

    Gorgeous, I didn’t realise they were Billbergias. I thought they were gingers.

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  4. tonytomeo says:

    Wow, that really is a Billbergia! There are only two here; Billbergia nutans and what I believe to be Billbergia windii. Both are rather grassy and sloppy when the get too overgrown. They are not very impressive either. I just like my Billbergia nutans because it came from a friend’s home down south.

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  5. nill4 says:

    Does Billbergia pyramidalis only bloom in late summer ?
    I thought it could bloom at any time of the year..

    And is it really hardy down to 20F ? Oo

    Thanks (!)

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