The name Alcantarea odorata is derived from the word "odor," alluding to the strongly fragrant smell of the flowers when in bloom. This is the second most popular Alcantarea behind Alcantarea imperialis. Its green leaves are heavily coated with white powder (trichomes) that gives them an iridescent silvery appearance; the rosette produces dozens of thin leaves that are soft to the touch and have no teeth; leaf tips tend to droop down gracefully. The flower spike can be 6' tall or more, and features bright yellow, sweetly fragrant blossoms arranged in alternating tiers along a silvery gray flower stalk. The entire plant is extremely showy and symmetrical. Because of its soft coloration, it works well when contrasted with deep green, purple, or burgundy foliaged plants.
As with other Alcantareas, this species prefers a well-drained soil of moderate (not heavy) fertility, and also prefers to be kept rather dry, It can handle quite a bit of frost, making it one of the most cold-hardy bromeliads for the landscape. Full sun or partial shade works best for this bromeliad.
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