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PlantFiles: 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)

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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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

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

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:
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Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BayAreaTropics 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.


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

Hayward, California
Mckinleyville, California
Big Pine Key, Florida
High Springs, Florida

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