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PlantFiles: Aechmea, Bromeliad
Aechmea 'Burgundy'

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

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

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

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BayAreaTropics 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.

Positive vossner 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.

Positive palmbob 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.


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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