Common name: Red pineapple
Native to: South America
Ananas bracteatus is a large terrestrial species of bromeliad that grows 100 centimetres (40 in) dark green leaves that fade red to pink when exposed to sunlight. The long spiny leaves are characterized by "broad, cream and green, longitudinal stripes that are suffused with pink when grown in good light." When it flowers it blossoms typical pineapple fruit.
Ananas bracteatus is grown as an ornamental plant for its decorative red fruit. The leaves are long with sharp spines, so it can be used as a protective hedge for home security. In colder places they can be grown indoors as a houseplant.
Native / exotic: Exotic
Aspect: Full sun to part shade
Flowers: Yes but fruit more speactuclar and edible!
Foliage: Evergreen, striped green and yellow, turning rosy
Growth habit: Whorls which grow more upright than other Bromeliad species
Hardiness: Hardy but not drought resistant
Height: Up to 1 metre
Spread: Up to 1 metre
Soil requirements: Prefers moist well-drained soils. Keep well mulched
Uses: Large structural planting for orm and colour