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Ananas comosus

Pine apple
Nanas Bromeliaceae

Ananas comosus, Pine apple, Nanas

Ananas comosus, Pine apple, NanasCultivated by Central American Indians for centuries, the pineapple’s wild origin is believed to be in Brazil. It was praised by early European visitors as the finest of all fruit and shipped back to the Old World. To offer the expensive exotic to a guest was a great compliment; hence the use of pineapple motifs in architecture to symbolize hospitality. The leaf rosettes are up to 30 in (75 cm) high and 4 ft (1.2 m) wide. The sword-shaped leaves are viciously edged with tiny thorns, but recently smooth-leaved cultivars have been developed. It has an inflorescence up to 12 in (30 cm) long with yellow to red bracts and grows up to 4 ft (1.2 m) tall when in fruit. Fruit occurs in the second year if conditions are suitable.
Porteanus has leaves with a central yellow stripe, while Variegatus has leaves with cream marginal stripes and may develop red tints.,
Plant in full sun in fertile, well-drained soil. They are usually propagated from the basal suckers that develop on mature rosettes.
You can remove the leafy top from the fruit and treat it as a cutting, either rooting it in soil or water.