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AECHMEA chantinii

Image of Aechmea chantinii

Family

Bromeliaceae

Botanical Name

AECHMEA chantinii

Plant Common Name

Aechmea, Bromeliad

General Description

Chantinii bromeliad is a tender evergreen perennial grown primarily for its showy striped leaves and brightly hued bloom. This epiphyte grows in trees in the lowland Amazonian rain forest. The stiff, broadly strap-shaped, spine-edged leaves are olive-green or mid-green with broad horizontal bands of silver or darker green. Banding may also be maroon. The leaves are arranged in an upright rosette, with the leaf bases forming a water-holding "cup" at the rosette's center. In summer the rosette bears a tall, branched, central flower spike with a white-dusted red stalk topped by a branching cluster of yellow flowers interspersed with showy red bracts (modified petal-like leaves). White or blue fruits follow the flowers. The rosette dies back slowly after flowering, to be replaced by "pup" plants that sprout at its base.

This versatile large plant likes filtered or dappled sunlight and a humus-rich, sharply drained growing medium. Keep the central cup filled with water and mist the leaves regularly, especially in the heat and strong sunlight of summer. This large bromeliad makes an interesting greenhouse or tropical landscape plant, situated where its spines will cause no harm. It grows well attached to a tree or wedged between rocks. Keep copper wire or containers (and any sprays with copper in them) away from bromeliads, as copper is toxic to them.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Epiphyte

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    24"-36" / 61.0cm - 91.4cm

  • Width

    30"-48" / 76.2cm - 121.9cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Rosette/Stemless

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Red

  • Fruit Color

    White, Blue

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Olive, Gray Green, Dark Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Olive, Gray Green, Dark Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Olive, Gray Green, Dark Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Olive, Gray Green, Dark Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Bold

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Houseplant, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No