Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Neo Neoregelias

There is no further use in pretending. I'm not only a crazy plant lady, but a fickle one as well. I'm saying Sayonara, Solenostemon. Hasta la vista, Hedera. Arrivederci, Aloe. Bromeliads are my new true love. (Okay, I'm kidding, mostly. Even though I've had a frustrating winter with coleus and ivy, I still love them, and will probably acquire a few more of each over the next couple of months. My aloes haven't given me any trouble whatever, and I'm always on the look out for something new and interesting.) But I'm loving the Broms more and more these days.

I picked up this as yet unidentified Neoregelia last week at Lowe's. It was a reward for having finally taken care of some banking business I'd been avoiding. (I hate dealing with banks for anything more than simple deposits.) I had seen it a week or so beforehand, when I was at Lowe's for some more utilitarian reason, but failed to purchase it. Since the bank is in the same neighborhood as Lowe's, I promised myself that if I took care of business, I could buy the plant if it was still there. It was. Edited to add 04/15/10: In the comments, Mr_Subjunctive identified my plant as Neoregelia 'Ardie'

Neoregelia 'Ardie'. This is a large plant, at least a foot across.

And then there is this petite beauty:

Neoregelia 'Mo Peppa Please.' The colors are even richer and more varied in person.

One of its two pups

This was an eBay auction win. No rationalization for this purchase; I just saw it and wanted it, so I bid. I'm not crazy about the name, though. Lots of cultivar names are puns or other attempts at cleverness, and I'm mostly okay with that. I love wordplay of all types. But something about the use of dialect in this case rubs me the wrong way. What's next: Neoregelia 'Pass Da Salt, Yo'?

And as further proof that I was joking about saying au revoir to Aloe, here is a plant I bought earlier last week:

Aloe arenicola. This was a nursery purchase.

A closer view, showing the adorable spotted leaves, and an aerial root

I love it. I've never seen an Aloe with aerial roots before. I've found that aloes can be a trifle difficult to propagate vegetatively, unlike many other succulents. These roots have the potential to make things much easier.


Aerelonian said...

That bromeliad is gorgeous! It's like a party and red specks were invited. You're not crazy, just passionate. We all are. Yes, passionate. :)

mr_subjunctive said...

I'm pretty sure the NOID is Neoregelia 'Ardie.'

I'm glad you were kidding about Aloes. I'm sort of over Solenostemon, and I don't think I was ever in favor of Hedera, but Aloes and I just get along so well that it pains me to hear people say they don't like them.

Ivynettle said...

I don't care much about bromeliads, but that 'Mo Peppa Please' is pretty awesome.

Karen715 said...

@Aerelonian: Passionate, huh? I like it!

@Mr_Subjunctive. Thanks for the ID; I think you're right. I adore Aloes, I just needed another species for my foreign language "goodbye" alliteration, and every other word/phrase for goodbye that I could think of, besides the first two I used, begins with the letter "A." Besides, it gave me a good excuse to use the A. arenicola pics, which I hadn't planned on when I started composing this post.

@Ivynettle: Thanks, it is a pretty cool-looking plant.

Megan said...

Love the new bromeliads! You're not crazy :)

madabouteu said...

I think "Mo' Peppa Please" was created in New Orleans. Dialect, perhaps, but after 16 years in that city, I can verify that it is a pretty accurate rendering! I have this one, it came north with me after I left the Big Easy, and I love it!