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Aechmea, Bromeliad
Aechmea 'Burgundy'

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aechmea (EEK-mee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Burgundy


Tropicals and Tender Perennials


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade


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

Bloom Color:


Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us


Grown for foliage



Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

This plant is monocarpic

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:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Hayward, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Big Pine Key, Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Miami, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Mountain Home, Texas

Richmond, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 24, 2008, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

A must have Aechmea as it's very hardy, has colorful glossy leaves that are edged as sharp as a bandsaw blade. Take real care moving this plant!
Flowers in late summer for me.I think the clumps have to be large for it to bloom-and then it does that lightly. A large clump may only send up two spikes. Those blooms look very much like a violet shell ginger.
Bullet proof-it scares snail and slugs.


On Feb 26, 2005, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have a small one growing in a 6" pot in DH's office. Just beautiful. Thanks, Daisy, for introducing me to this beauty.


On Mar 16, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Hardy cross (of three different species) down to about 20F. Flower stalk has separate flowers of pale pink and purple popping out along the stalk. Haven't seen mine flower, though.