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PlantFiles: Aechmea, Bromeliad, Matchstick Plant
Aechmea gamosepala

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aechmea (EEK-mee-uh) (Info)
Species: gamosepala (gam-oh-SEP-uh-luh) (Info)

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
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:
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
Light Blue

Bloom Time:
Mid Winter

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant is monocarpic
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
4.5 or below (very acidic)
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)
8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)
over 9.1 (very alkaline)

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive vossner On Jan 9, 2009, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I grow mine in a hanging basket. Very low maintenance and flowers are beautiful

Positive MotherNature4 On Mar 17, 2004, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is one of my favorite bromeliads because it has thornless leaves, is small in size, looks good in clumps and the inflorescence lasts for months.


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

Mckinleyville, California
Bartow, Florida
Bonita Springs, Florida
Clearwater, Florida
Deland, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Key West, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Melbourne, Florida
Miami, Florida
Orange Park, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Panama City, Florida
Saint James City, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Patterson, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia
Hawaiian Ocean View, Hawaii
Pepeekeo, Hawaii
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Independence, Louisiana
Mandeville, Louisiana
Slidell, Louisiana
Coal Center, Pennsylvania
Austin, Texas
Ganado, Texas
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
Richmond, Texas

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