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Aechmea chlorophylla

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aechmea (EEK-mee-uh) (Info)
Species: chlorophylla (klo-ro-FIL-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Macrochordion chlorophylla

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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:
Sun to Partial Shade

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
Bright Yellow
Dark Purple/Black

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

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

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Monocromatico On Oct 25, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This is a very tropical bromeliad from the brazilian southeastern rainforests. It may grow as an epiphyte, but is usually found directly on the ground.

The leaves are leathery, light green, spiny leaves, and form a more or less open rosette, where water is stored. In late winter, a tall, rigid inflorescence emerges from the middle of the plant. The stalk is pink, densely covered with special, white hairs (or scales, in this case), so it looks light pink. It has showy red bracts above the flowers. These are small, bright yellow, and last one day. In the next day, the petals turn black, but they stay on the inflorescence, and besides the color, it looks like a normal flower. You have this effect of yellow and black flowers at the same inflorescence (guarded by the red bracts). This inflorescence can reach up to 1m tall, exceptionally more.

This plant likes well drained organic soil, regular watering (always keep the middle of the plant full of water), partial shade, and high temperatures.

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