The Bromeliad Family

Botanical Archetypes ~ the Next Generation of Plant Medicine.

Botanical Archetypes_Aechmea

A ‘Botanical Archetype’ ‘provides background knowledge about the therapeutic properties of a plant family and their effect on the mind / body system.

Botanical – adj. Relating to plants or the science of botany.

Archetype – n. An ideal example of a type.

The Skyflowers uses an original diagnostic system called Botanical Archetypes. This is our own research work.

Botanical Archetypes are based upon the framework provided by botanical science, botany and plant classification to learn the properties of entire plant families, not just individual species.

  • Botanical Archetypes translate whole plant families, sub-families, genus & species into human, emotional terms.
  • Botanical Archetypes provide a deep insight into the *cause ( *genus ) of the issue ( **species ).
  • Botanical Archetypes provide greater precision in Clinical Flower Therapy.

Special botanical symbols like this one are used in all of our books, clinical manuals and charts to help you get the most out of flower therapy. Look out for them!

Plant Family = Life Attitude or the ‘Spiritual Lesson’

In botany, (1) a plant family is made up of plants that have (2) similar traits and physical characteristics. In vibrational medicine, the plant family represents the general philosophy of the plants in the family,  the overall ‘spiritual lesson’ to become aware of and the life attitude to adopt.

In the case of the Bromeliad family, the spiritual lessons revolve around self-reliance and an ability to ‘float through life’. These qualities are imparted by every flower remedy made from Bromeliads, no matter the remedy.

It should be noted that the ‘spiritual lesson’ is something to ‘become aware of’ rather than something that you ‘need to learn’ and ‘do something about’ to make it happen. The lesson is about moving into alignment with natural law. A law that is already in operation. In this light, flower therapy is primarily about ‘raising awareness’, not merely ‘dealing with ’emotional issues’. Botanical Archetypes help with this process.


Bromeliad Family Diagram_Family

Sub-Family = Origin of Issue

Now that you have seen an overview of the Bromeliad family, let’s look at the next level of structure – sub-families. There are 3 sub-families in the Bromeliad family, which means there are 3 types of flower remedies in the Skyflowers range.

  • Sub-Family 1 – (1) The first type deals with Issues of Thought. These remedies help you to focus your mind on a clear outcome, adjust your thought patterns and raise your standard of thinking to a higher level.
  • Sub-Family 2 – (2) The second type deals with Emotional Issues. These remedies help you to behave in a manner that is in alignment with your goals, act on your higher intelligence and express your true spirit through physical actions.
  • Sub-Family 3 – (3) The third type deals with Issues with Reality. These remedies help you to face reality, anchor change and ground your higher consciousness on the Earth. This type is for ‘long term patterns of consciousness’ that have resulted in very real circumstances or ‘karma’.

The 3 types of flower remedies depict a spectrum that spans from consciousness to the physical world. The remedies deal with (a) problematic thoughts, (b) the actions you take based upon those thoughts and finally, (c) the consequence of those actions.

Although this explanation is clear and straightforward, it has vast ramifications when working with the Skyflowers. It also changes the perception that flower therapy is for ’emotional conditions’ and broadens the definition to it being for ‘issues of consciousness’.


Bromeliad Family Diagram_Sub-Family

Genus = The Cause / Type of Issue

Below sub-families is another category of plants called a genus. A genus is a group of species and is the 2nd last category in the heierachy.

If the plant family represents the ‘life attitude and spiritual lesson to be learned’ and the sub-family relates to ‘the level that the issue exists at’, then the genus represents the ’cause of the issue’. And how it is held in consciousness.

Much research has been done on The Skyflowers to detail the causes associated with the remedies. This research is original work and is something of a ‘world first’ in plant medicine.


Bromeliad Family Diagram_Genus & Species

Plant Species = The Symptom or the ‘Emotional Issue’

The last grouping of plants in a plant family are the species. The species depicts the emotional symptom. Yes, the genus is the ’cause’ and the species is the ‘effect’!

Most ranges of flower remedies only research the information relating to the species. The Skyflowers has researched the whole family to provide a deeper level of information to help with your flower therapy work.

Ananus comosus


Plant Family – Bromeliaceae, the Pineapple Family.

  • Sub-Family 1 – Tillandsioidiae, the Air Plants. 
  • Sub-Family 2 – Bromeliodieae, the Forest Bromeliads.
  • Sub-Family 3 – Pitcairnioideae, the Terrestrial Bromeliads.

Genera – 59 ( see gallery, left. )

Species – 2000+ species. Plus many thousands of cultivars and hybrids.

Habitat – Southern Coastline of North America, Central America & South America.

About – The Bromeliad family is one of the world’s largest plant families – the Daisy family is the largest. The Pineapple, Ananus comosus is the only edible species of Bromeliads. The Blushing Heart, Neoregelia carolinae and the Silver Vase, Aechmea fasciata are the most recognized in the floristry trade.

Culture & Care – Bromeliads are highly robust, low water plants that are as tough as many succulent plants. What makes them so robust is the presence of tiny silver scales found on their leaves called ‘trichomes’. These tiny scales act as suction cups that capture moisture found in the surrounding air and draw it in directly through their leaves. This advanced ability has several advantages as the moisture not only feeds the plant, it also acts as a coolant on the surface of the leaves, keeping them protected from extremes of heat during the day.

The presence of trichomes, found on all Bromeliads, makes these plants self reliant – which is a signature trait and property found in every Bromeliad flower remedy.

Spiritual Lesson – ‘Relax and Unfold’.

Due to their robust, self reliant ways, Bromeliads teach us that we can relax about life. The core philosophy, ‘relax & unfold’ is a shortened version of ‘relax into the experience of life and allow life to unfold.’ A wise teaching from mother nature that suggests we ‘make progress in life’ not by effort, but by relaxing into the experience of life that is unfolding around us. As we move with the current of life, life ( not our mind ) chooses what needs to change, grow and be.

The statement made by the Bromeliad family is a beautiful affirmation of the life-giving nature of life. And the fact that we are already growing, learning and unfolding as human beings just by participating in life. Without us needing to do anything but ‘be’.


We have entered ‘the age of conscious medicine’.

We can now know with clear certainty the effect of a medicine on the mind and the body and the spirit.


Brendan Rohan – Founder of the Skyflowers

Food for Thought

Consider these 3 points.

  1. Botanical science provides us with a framework we can use to know the properties of whole groups of plants, not just single species – in the case of genus Tillandsia, this means as many as 800 hundred species can be classified!
  2. Botanical Archetypes can be applied to other flower remedies such as the Bach Flowers.
  3. For those that have vision and understand the ramification of this discovery, Botanical Archetypes has an impact all plant-based medicines such as Homoeopathy, Herbalism, Naturopathy, and Aromatherapy. Furthermore, Botanical Archetypes can be used to better understand the plants we eat, paving the way for a new perspective of the human diet.

With Your Support, My Next Study Will Be Food Plants

The research on this page has taken years to put together and refine. Our initial work with the Bromeliad family provides us with a template we can use to translate other plant groups into human terms.

The roadmap for The Skyflowers Project is clear. We will go beyond the Bromeliad Family and begin translating food plants & common medicinals into their vibrational properties.

First on the list are the world most common food plants.

  • Rice ( Genus Oryza )
  • Cabbage, Cauliflower, Brocolli, Radish, etc ( Genus Brassica )
  • Potato ( Genus Solanum )
  • Corn ( Genus Zea )
  • Wheat ( Genus Triticum )
  • Apple ( Genus Malus )
  • Lemon, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Orange, etc ( Genus Citrus )
  • Capsicum, Chilli, etc ( Genus Capsicum )

The list goes on but the objective is clear. To understand our diet and change the way we view food.

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Botanical Archetypes are the Next Generation of Plant Medicine. This is Our Work.

A ‘Botanical Archetype’ is ‘the clear knowledge of the therapeutic properties of a plant family, sub-family or genus and their effect on the mind / body system’.


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