As the botanical name suggests, this species resembles a hard,
scarlet pineapple, but without the deep green fronds at the top. The
flower spike rises about 15 in (38 cm) directly from the ground and
is overtopped by the considerably taller stems, which carry the
foliage. The scarlet bracts almost hide the small, tubular, yellow
Cultivation: These frost-tender plants need heat and humidity to
thrive. Plant in part-shade in humus-rich soil. Propagate from seed
or bulbils, or by division in spring.