Neoregelia are a group of bromeliads originating from Tropical South America but proving to be surprisingly hardy in warmer parts of the UK often tolerating short spells down to about -4c. Usually found growing as epiphytes in trees they are perfectly suited for growing in a rich, open, free draining, humus rich soil as well as tumbling over hanging baskets, walls, pots and tied onto tree trunks.
Grown mostly for the foliage they do flower but the flower is often hidden within the central rosette of leaves. The inflorescences are often covered with water collected in the well of the plant but push their way through for pollination. The main rosette will die after flowing but there are usually plenty of pups attached to the base to take the original plants place.
Donger is a cultivated hybrid with green, white and eventually pink, flat, strap like, slightly sharp edged, variegated foliage with a maximum height of 30cm although 15cm is more usual. Spreads by runners forming gorgeous spreading clumps.
Sent as a young plant in a 5cm pot.