The patterns on the leaves are said to resemble hieroglyphs, which is reflected in its Latin name: Vriesea hieroglyphica.
It can grow up to 1m in height and spread as wide as it can grow tall.
There is a tube-like or ‘well' structure in the middle of plant, where you can water, allowing the plant to take on the water as it requires.
Native to Brazil, it grows in the rainforests under the canopies of other trees, so is used to dappled shade.
From the Bromeliaceae family.
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Light: Happy with bright indirect light but can also tolerate some shade, due to growing beneath the jungle canopies in its natural environment. Keep away from direct exposure to bright sunlight, which will scorch it.
Water: Water the ‘well' structure in the middle of plant, allowing the plant to take on the water as it requires. If in a bright spot, keep this topped up to maintain humidity and hydration.
Allow the top third of the soil to dry out between watering.
Humidity: Likes a humid environment, so ensure the ‘well’ is regularly topped up or pop on a pebble tray.
Temperature: Temperatures of between 13-30°C would be optimum. Avoid draughty spots.