Aechmea, Bromeliad
Aechmea caudata

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aechmea (EEK-mee-uh) (Info)
Species: caudata (kaw-DAH-tuh) (Info)

Category:

Groundcovers

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Epiphytes

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

Unknown - Tell us

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Red-Orange

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

This plant is resistant to deer

Provides winter interest

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Hayward, California

Mckinleyville, California

Big Pine Key, Florida

High Springs, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Sep 7, 2010, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

What a surprise to see this is new to plant files. I have had this plant for about a decade and its just grown and grown from a single slip. Hardy to at least 28F-with no damage,can get by on little water,never needs to be fertilized. As I understand it there is a more normal sized form of this brom and then their is the king sized brute. In one pic the leaves are close to the height of a 6' fence. Being a large brom it needs lots of sunlight,closer to the coast full sun is easy for it to handle. I've seen large old plantings used in drifts under a grove of Trachycarpus palms.Very tropical looking.