Vriesea splendens is called a Flaming Sword in everyday life for its bright flower spike. It is an easy-to-care but glamorous plant that would decorate any place or room as well as give some tropical and exotic chic.
Flaming Sword is a part of the Bromeliaceae family. Its origins are in South America, making it tropical and determining specific care — not a hard one, though. Endemic in Mexico, Central America, South America, and West Indies, Flaming Swords grow as epiphytes on other trees.
It is a small plant that grows up to 18 inches (45,70 cm) in height and 10 inches (25,4 cm) wide. Arching, smooth-edged dark green leaves are often covered with light green tigrine stripes. One flower grown in the form of a “cup” is the main decoration of the plant that can reach up to 2 inches (5,8 cm) long. The plant would flower once in a lifetime for 2-3 months starting from summer and then decline. The new pups or offsets are formed on the mother plant to continue its kind.
The Flaming Sword is not toxic for pets or humans.