• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Guzmania lingulata

tongue-shaped guzmania

tongue-shaped guzmania

© RHS 1995

  • Other common names tongue-shaped guzmania

  • Family Bromeliaceae

  • Genus Guzmania are stemless evergreen perennials forming a rosette of leathery strap-shaped leaves, with spikes of tubular white or yellow flowers and showy bracts, in summer

  • Details G. lingulata is an evergreen bromeliad forming rosettes of strap-shaped, glossy bright green leaves, from the centres of which arise short-stemmed spikes of yellow and white flowers with spreading orange or red bracts

  • Plant range Tropical America


  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Clump-forming

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered


  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • Soil

  • pHNeutral


  • Ultimate height 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Can be grown under glass in epiphytic bromeliad compost in bright filtered light or epiphytically on artificial tree branches. When in growth mist daily with soft water in the early morning and keep barely moist (no misting) in winter

Propagation Propagate by seed at 27 °C or remove offsets in mid spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types Low Maintenance Patio & Container Plants

How to care

Pruning No pruning required

Pests mealybugs may be a problem

Diseases Generally disease free

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