This relative of the pineapple family has long succulent leaves with silver and white spines. Flowers in the spring on long spikes with orange blooms. this member of the bromeliad family is the most drought tolerant. When deprived of water it will go dormant but, recovers quickly once it is watered. grows well in zones 8-11 in average to well drained soil, 12"-24" x 12"-24" in size.