Portea petropolitana is a large summer-blooming bromeliad that is great to plant in the landscape.
Portea petropolitana will grow in sun or shade equally well. In sun, the foliage will be a bright yellow-green, and in shade it will be a deep rich green. The papery, reddish bracts hanging from the flower spike have more vivid color in sun. The top photo above is of a plant in sun, the second photo was taken in the shady garden.
In the winter, plants under the canopy of trees will suffer little cold damage during freezes. Exposed plants will be burned where frost settles on the leaves.
There are a few variations within this species. The variety featured in this post is Portea petropolitana var. extensa.
This is one bromeliad that can't be beat for stunning color combinations and a long-lasting display!