Aechmea miniata is a bromeliad with long-lasting color that can bloom at nearly any time of the year. Small blue flowers emerge from a bright orange, branching flower stalk. After the bloom is finished, the orange "berries" remain for a couple more months, slowly darkening in color.
Aechmea miniata grows about 18" tall and wide. It prefers early morning or late afternoon sun, with shade during the hottest part of the day. Mine that grow under the protective canopy of a tree, suffered little damage during the last hard freeze.