Urn Plant, Silver Vase Bromeliad, Aechmea 'Primera'

Aechmea fasciata

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aechmea (EEK-mee-uh) (Info)
Species: fasciata (fash-ee-AY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Primera
Additional cultivar information:(PP12685)
Hybridized by Bak-Steur
Registered or introduced: 1999



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 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

Light Shade


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

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink



Bloom Time:

Late Fall/Early Winter

Mid Winter


Grown for foliage



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:


Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


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


Jones, Alabama

Clayton, California

Folsom, California

Hayward, California

Stratford, Connecticut

Bartow, Florida

Cape Coral, Florida

Delray Beach, Florida

Eustis, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Navarre, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Patterson, Georgia

Bigfork, Montana

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Greenville, Texas

Houston, Texas

Manassas, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 12, 2013, hob300 from Brisbane
Australia wrote:

I received my plant two years ago as a gift. I've waited two years for a flower but very much worth the wait. I also have three large pups. The plant has thrived on relative neglect. Seems to love the warm humid climate. It sits on my front deck and only gets the late afternoon sun.I have never fed it and only repotted four months ago. Also, green tree frogs can occasionally been found in the cups having a little bathe, so cute. Such a beautiful plant to have right next to my front door.


On Jun 10, 2008, hmbgerl from Folsom, CA wrote:

It will only bloom once, so once the offshoot is 1/3 the size of the mother plant, you can cut off the offshoot and dispose of the mother plant. I have read that you can force the offshoot to bloom by placing the plant in a large plastic bag with a whole apple. I haven't tried it yet though.


On Apr 8, 2004, Maudie from Harvest, AL wrote:

The flower of this plant is so beautiful and long lasting it is
well worth the waiting for it to bloom. I also like it for the
foliage which is bold and beautiful.


On Apr 4, 2004, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

Unlike Aechmea fasciata, this cultivar has no spines on the leaves. Easier to handle and less damage to the flower spike.