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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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Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

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)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pink

Light Blue

Bloom Time:

Mid Winter

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Deciduous

Herbaceous

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:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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

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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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Gardeners' Notes:

2
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0
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RatingContent
Positive

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

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.