Originally from Rio de Janeiro, this stunning landscape and house plant was brought to Europe in 1826. This plant and many hybrids are now grown worldwide in the millions. The plant is a classic vase shape, very pleasing to the eye, in broad leaves of dark green, with-silber white bands. Even without a flower this is a striking plant, but when it flowers, it is a showstopper- the pyramidal flowerhead is raised about 15cm and has spiky, shocking-pink flower bracts and blue flower petals, a sumptuous combination. Brilliant as a potted plant, an epiphyte, or groundcover. We find ours thrive in a sunny position with a hint of shade.