The most popular of all the Alcantarea or giant bromeliad. This plant grows well in full sun or part shade. They require very little maintenance. May just need to trim a few dead leaves occasionally. They provide awesome colour in any garden, the leaves being silver-green on top and a rich purple colour on the underside. They may reach 1.5m in height and 1.5m wide when fully grown. They can survive drought periods. Best if water maintained in central ‘tank’.