Vriesea is one of the forty genera of bromeliads. Within the Vriesea genus there are hundreds of different species and many more varieties and cultivars. Vrieseas are native to Central and South America, but are grown as indoor plants throughout the world. The Vriesea genus includes many small to medium varieties, but also incorporates some of the largest growing bromeliads. Vrieseas are very popular for their spectacular and long-lasting flower spikes. The Vrieseas that do not produce showy flower spikes usually have interesting foliage. It is rare that a Vriesea would have both unique foliage and a distinct flower spike.