Aechmea, Bromeliad
Aechmea blumenavii

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

Category:

Perennials

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

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:

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

Bloom Color:

Light Blue

Blue-Violet

Bloom Time:

Blooms all year

Foliage:

Evergreen

Other details:

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jun 2, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

this bromeliad has mild frost tolerance and ornamental pale blue-violet flowers that looks sort of like a corncob on a stick. Plant in botanical garden I saw grew in a large mass covering 20' feet or more. Leaves have a bit of a sharp edge to them. Makes a nice ground cover. Needs some protection from hot sun and cold temps- best grown under trees.