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Ananas comosus 'Edible Pineapple'

Ananas comosus 'Edible Pineapple'

Ananas comosus 'Edible Pineapple'- Pineapple, the miracle fruit from the Americas. The pineapple has served as both a food and a symbol throughout human history in the Americas. It originally evolved in Brazil and Paraguay and was spread by man to Central America and Caribbean. Christopher Columbus was the first European to encounter the pineapple in November of 1493 on his second voyage to the Americas. Once taken back to Europe, the pineapple became the treat of Kings. As a symbol of affluence, the prickly fruits were rented out by colonial confectioners to affluent householders by the day, then sold the same fruit to more affluent clients to eat.

Ananas cosmosus is an edible Pineapple Bromeliad; it can be grown in containers that protect it from the cold while allowing plenty of light.  It can also be grown outdoors in zone 10 with protection from freezing.  These are purchased regularly for holidays as edible decorations. 


Ananas comosus 'Edible Pineapple' is a Bromeliad.  Bromeliads have a tremendous will to survive and can offer infinite variety, challenge, and exciting plant forms and color combinations. The most common genera in cultivation are: Aechmea, Billbergia, Cryptanthus, Dyckia, Guzmania, Neoregelia, Nidularium, Tillandsia,  Ananas and Vriesea. All make good house plants if given a reasonable amount of care. The roots of most potted bromeliads like to be moist, but never soggy. Bromeliads also need bright, diffused light; no bromeliad likes a dark environment. Bromeliads will be comfortable when you are. That is, they prosper at temperatures between 50 - 90 degrees Fahrenheit. They are not winter hardy except in subtropical and tropical regions. In nature, many bromeliads grow on trees as epiphytes or air plants. Their roots are used mainly for support; the plants are not parasites. Some bromeliads grow on rocks and cliff faces. They are remarkably versatile and form one of the most adaptable plant families in the world. 




Ananas comosus 'Edible Pineapple' Bromeliad

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Full Sun, Shade, Partial Sun/Shade

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Minimum Height

2 feet

Maximum Height

2 feet

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Best Grown In

Indoors, Patio

Scientific Name

Ananas comosus









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