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Aechmea fasciata AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conservatory/Greenhouse or Houseplant

Habit

Tufted

Resilience

Hardiness

H1a (heated greenhouse - tropical)

Colour

Flower

Pink and Purple in Summer

Foliage

Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

White in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

urn plant

Family

Bromeliaceae


Aechmea are evergreen perennials forming funnel-shaped rosettes of strap-shaped leaves, with a terminal spike of tubular flowers often with colourful triangular bracts, followed by fleshy fruits

A. fasciata is an evergreen perennial forming a rosette of strap-shaped, grey leaves with a dense central head of small purple flowers with showy bright pink bracts, sometimes followed by spherical woolly white fruit

Other common names

  • silver vase plant

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow outdoors as an epiphyte or in moist, gritty, humus-rich soil, in frost-free location. Under glass grow as an epiphyte or in epiphytic bromeliad compost in bright filtered light

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid or Alkaline
  • Loam or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by offsets

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Can get scale insects and mealybugs

Diseases

Generally disease free