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AECHMEA 'Little Harv'

Image of Aechmea 'Little Harv'

James Burghardt

Family

Bromeliaceae

Botanical Name

AECHMEA 'Little Harv'

Plant Common Name

Aechmea, Little Harv Aechmea, Little Harv Bromeliad

General Description

The showy bromeliad, ‘Little Harv’, is a tropical perennial grown primarily for its pretty long-lasting blooms and upright habit. This pretty hybrid selection was introduced by Bullis Bromeliads in Princeton, Florida and is not as little as its name suggests.

The foliage is blue-green dusted with silver. It is broad, thick and lance-shaped with small sharp spines on the edges. When grown in full sun, they develop tinges of red. The rosettes of leaves are cupped and somewhat upright. A towering, branched flower spike appears from the center of the rosette in midspring. The flowers on the spike are yellow and salmon hued and supported by salmon-pink bracts. After the central plant flowers, it dies, but not before it creates young plants, or pups, at its base. These grow to replace the dying parent plant.

This versatile tropical can be grown in the ground, a container or as a tropical epiphyte. It requires bright filtered light or dappled sun and moist, gritty, humus-rich potting media. Keep the central cup filled with water and mist it regularly, especially in the high heat of summer. Bromeliads make interesting conservatory or house plants. In frost free climates they can be grown outdoors, either in a moist, fast-draining soil, attached to a tree, or set in a wire basket or container.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    26"-36" / 66.0cm - 91.4cm

  • Width

    18"-26" / 45.7cm - 66.0cm

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

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

  • 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

    No

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No