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AECHMEA 'Foster's Freckles'

Image of Aechmea 'Foster's Freckles'

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Bromeliaceae

Botanical Name

AECHMEA 'Foster's Freckles'

Plant Common Name

Aechmea , Foster's Freckles Aechmea, Foster's Freckles Bromeliad

General Description

Resulting from a cross of the bromeliads Aechmea fendleri and A. orlandiana, 'Foster's Freckles' is a tender tropical perennial grown primarily for its lush speckled foliage. It forms a tall rosette of leathery, upright, broadly lance-shaped leaves with burgundy-brown spots. The light green leaves are edged with small sharp spines. The rosette may send forth a tall thick flower stem topped by a large spike-like cluster of small white blooms with showy scarlet bracts. The main rosette dies after flowering, to be replaced by offsets (pups) that form at its base.

This versatile plant requires bright light or dappled sun and a moist, well-drained, humus-rich growing medium (not heavy soil). Keep the central cup filled with water and mist the leaves regularly, especially in the heat and strong sunlight of summer. It makes an interesting conservatory or house plant, situated where its spines can cause no harm. In frost free climates it grows well outdoors attached to a tree, set in a wire basket or container, or planted in moist but fast-draining soil. 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 - 9

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Epiphyte

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Rosette/Stemless

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Red

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Green, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Light Green, Burgundy

  • Foliage Color (Winter) Modifier

    SpottedMottled

  • 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

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No