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Welcome to the
Bromeliad Society of San Francisco.

We are dedicated to the growth and spread of horticultural and scientific knowledge of the Bromeliad Family (Bromeliaceae) and enthusiasm for the preservation of its species and habitats.

For cultural information about Bromeliads go to BSI

Hardy Bromeliads for Bay Area Gardens

What are your Hardiest Bromeliads for the Bay Area?
Outside the Bay Area? The Tropiflora List

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Next Meeting - February 16: Cryptanthus with Keith Smith.

Cryptanthus lacerdaeCryptanthus is a genus in the Bromeliaceae family. Cryptanthus only grow terrestrially as opposed to many other bromeliads that can grow mounted on a substrate. The genus get its name from the Greek words meaning hidden flower. Cryptanthus are more commonly known as Earth Stars, a name they received because of the shape of their foliage. With over 1,200 different varieties, Cryptanthus have incredibly varied and beautiful foliage ranging from dark green and variegated to bright reds and pinks to silvery stripes. Most Cryptanthus grow close to the ground and can be as small as three inches in height. However, there are some species of Cryptanthus that can grow as tall as three feet. Earth Stars are endemic to South America. More specifically, they can be found growing on Brazil’s rain forest floors. Unlike many other bromeliads, they grow in the soil. The canopies under which they grow, allows diffused sunlight through. Because of their adaptations to this environment, Cryptanthus have special care considerations. Keith Smith will present a slide show illustrating the wide variety of both species and hybrid cryptanthus. He will also give detailed instructions on how to care for them and will have a number of them on the plant table. If you have cryptanthus, please bring them to the show and tell table so our members can see some of the varieties that are grown locally.

Keith SmithKeith Smith has been a member and board member of the Sacramento Bromeliad Society and the BSI for over 40 years. He has a large greenhouse in Auburn in which he grows far too many bromeliads and other genera. He provides many of the Society's plant tables. This, unfortunately, has not helped create space, as he is unable to discard even dying plants in order to produce pups. He has presented numerous programs to the Sacramento Society, usually describing the plants and culture of a specific






BSSF Welcomes Guests
and New Members.
Meetings held
3rd Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. at
S. F. County Fair Building, Recreation Room
1199 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way (entrance to Golden Gate Park), San Francisco
(Note, February meeting is on the 28th)
See Maps for directions.


Membership is $15US per person or $20US per household annually. Membership includes a Monthly Newsletter sent via email or snail mail.

Checks may be payable to BSSF and sent to
Harold Charns Tres.
255 States St.
San Francisco, Ca. 94114
or contact Harold.

Annual Garden Tour, July 2017, Sunday to be . Tour the San Francisco.

See Photos of past tours in our Facebook Page albums

Bromeliad Growing
The Bromeliad Society of San Francisco is an affiliate of the Bromeliad Society International, BSI. For complete botanical, habitat and horticultural information and indentification the BSI site is the best place to begin. The BSI publishes a bimonthly color journal with the latest bromeliad information and discoveries and membership is encouraged.

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Be sure to also check the many links on the BSI site.

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The Bromeliad Society International

for Bromeliad Cultivation and Identification Information