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Abromeitiella lorentziana

This is one of my favourite of the little spiky terrestrial bromeliads, photographed here at Kew in about 1980. My own plants have never made such large clumps, and I have been growing it for decades, but it does benefit from good feeding and I tend to neglect it.

Growing in semi-desert conditions in Argentina, it likes good light and will tolerate drought and low temperatures. It is cold hardy here, as long as it is kept dry. Bright glowing green flowers produced in clusters of three or four in late spring. If all of the rosettes flowered at once it would be magnificent, but it doesn't and it isn't!