Discovered On Columbus' Second Trip To the New World in 1493
Bromeliads belong to a family of plant specimens found natively in the tropical regions of North and South America. Believe it or not, pineapples are part of the bromeliad family. They were originally discovered in 1483 when Columbus made his second trip to the New World! Their brightly colored leaves, flowers, and intricate patterns make them attractive specimens for the avid plant hobbyist. Their small root systems are primarily for anchorage versus for the harvesting of water and nutrients which is completed through their leaves.