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Cold-hardy Bromeliads

While bromeliads are tropical plants, certain varieties can be planted in the North Florida landscape. The most cold-hardy bromeliads are those in the genus Puya. These spiky plants naturally grow in areas like the Andes where they experience desert conditions and even snow. They’re capable of surviving temperatures down to 20 degrees.

Bromeliads with thicker leaves are often more cold-tolerant, including many of the plants in the genus Dyckia. Several species of Aechmea, Nidularium, and Vriesia are also fairly cold hardy, but their tolerance will vary by variety.

If you’re ever in doubt about the hardiness of your bromeliads, cover them with a layer of frost cloth or a blanket to help protect them.

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