Some call them 'hurricane bromeliad', and others 'foolproof plant'. If I could come up with a common name myself it would be 'bubble-gum-cotton-candy-plant' for the velvety delicious looking inflorescences that froth up from a swirl of glossy green leaves late every summer. Maybe it's a good thing that I don't make the decisions when it comes to naming plants. Oh to hell with it. I'd do a great job naming plants!
These are some of the only bromeliads that I see planted residentially up here in Jacksonville, so I'm a little skeptical whenever I read about how sensitive they are to cold. While the ones pictured here are from zone 9b/10a Winter Park, mine weather the cold just fine to 20 degrees Fahrenheit with no freeze protection.
I especially like seeing these piled around the bases of live oaks so that they can slowly revert back to their epiphytic roots by climbing back up the trunk and into the branches. I would like to see more bromeliad variety around these parts, but I'll never get tired of seeing those lushly tropical shiny leaves and cotton candy bubble gum flowers.