Aechmea Bromeliad, Urn Plant, Brazilian Vaseplant

Aechmea distichantha

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aechmea (EEK-mee-uh) (Info)
Species: distichantha (dis-tih-KAN-tha) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Foliage:

Evergreen

Smooth

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Danger:

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

Bloom Color:

Pink

Red

Lavender

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

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Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

This plant is monocarpic

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Anniston, Alabama

Mckinleyville, California

Fruitland Park, Florida

Sanford, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Aug 29, 2008, fleurone from Brooksville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Description from seller:

This aechmea is one of the hardiest bromeliads, surviving outdoors in Florida, Texas, California and the Deep South, even for prolonged cold snaps. The leaves are very spiny so please be careful when handling the plant. The inflorescence is a pyramid-shaped cluster of spreading spikes, each with several blue, white or purple flowers about an inch long and subtended by showy pink bracts.

This bromeliad is extremely beautiful in bloom and the inflorencense lasts for about 2 months!

Location
Aechmea distichantha is native to southern Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and northern Argentina.

Hardiness: USDA Zones Aechmea distichantha can be grown outdoors in zones 8-11, and is usually grown as a house plant els... read more

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