Ananas Bromeliad Plant Species
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Blooming, Care and Culture, Classification
Ananas (anay’-nus) – Belonging to the Bromelioideae subfamily; this genus includes the commercial pineapple, Ananas comosus and several variegated forms, namely Ananas cosmosus var. variegatus.
Most people have eaten the fruit of pineapples but very few have known that they are part of the bromeliad family. The genus consists of eight species and all have extremely spiny margins, usually with hooked spines. The inflorescence rises from the center of the plant and forms a fruiting head, which can be cut off and planted to form new suckers. All ananas have flowers with purple-blue petals.
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I have a bromeliad – Ananas comosus. Is this a normal pineapple which you buy to eat or just an ornamental? How big do I let the pineapple grow before I cut it off the plant?