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AECHMEA fasciata

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Family

Bromeliaceae

Botanical Name

AECHMEA fasciata

Plant Common Name

Aechmea , Bromeliad, Urn Plant, Vase Plant

General Description

Urn plant is a tree-dwelling tropical bromeliad native to Brazil. In its native habitat it lives under the rain forest canopy where it clings to tree branches and trunks. Plant enthusiasts grow it for its ornamental leaves and long-lasting pink blooms.

The huge, lance-shaped leaves of this Aechmea are gray green and silver with subtle horizontal stripes and spiny edges. They are bowed and often curve downward as they lengthen. Each plant produces one very long-lasting flower spike borne from a thick, central stem. Tiny flowers arise from a spike comprised of showy pink outer bracts which surround tubular blue blooms. After the plant flowers it dies, but not before creating young plants, or pups, at its base. The pups will grow to replace the dying mother plant.

Urn plant is often cultivated as a houseplant and requires bright filtered light. Avoid growing it in direct sun. Pot-grown specimens require well-drained potting media. As with all true tree-dwellers, it should be watered in the central vase of the rosette regularly. In fact, the rosette should always be filled with clean, non-chlorinated water. This bromeliad makes an interesting low-maintenance houseplant or specimen for conservatories or atriums. In warm, frost-free climates it can be attached to a tree branch, placed in a shady rockery, or planted in a container. Keep copper containers, wires or horticultural sprays that contain copper away from bromeliads as copper is deadly to these plants.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Epiphyte

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    16"-30" / 40.6cm - 76.2cm (24)

  • Width

    12"-30" / 30.5cm - 76.2cm (24)

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Brazil

Growing Conditions

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Rosette/Stemless

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Blue, Pink, Rose

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    White

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Gray Green, Dark Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Gray Green, Dark Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gray Green, Dark Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green, Dark Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    Striped/Striated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • 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

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Groundcover, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No