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Aechmea Bromeliad, Urn Plant

Aechmea blanchetiana

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aechmea (EEK-mee-uh) (Info)
Species: blanchetiana (blan-chet-ee-AY-na) (Info)


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


Unknown - Tell us


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:

Full Sun


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

Bloom Color:


Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us


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:

Unknown - Tell us


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

San Diego, California

Santa Barbara, California

Big Pine Key, Florida

Brooksville, Florida

Cocoa Beach, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fort Pierce, Florida

Miami, Florida

Naples, Florida (3 reports)

Odessa, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Punta Gorda, Florida

Rockledge, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Tampa, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 17, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Dramatic. Introduced in the 1960's by the renowned Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle-Marx, it eventually reached southern California and southern Florida, where it's now common in commercial landscaping.

The foliage is reddest in full sun and with some drought stress. Shade, plenty of water, and too much fertilizer can turn it green. This is a plant that does best with little care.

The salmon pink flowers are tiny and ephemeral, but the red and yellow bracts that surround them remain ornamental for months. The inflorescence can reach 6' tall.

"Urn plant" is the common name for Aechmea fasciata.


On Dec 17, 2007, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown thus plant. Aechmea blanchetiana is both a terrestrial or epiphytic bromeliad which attains a height of up to 4 feet (1.2 m) and a width of at least 3 feet. (1 m). The color of its leaves ranges from reddish gold, orangish gold, goldish yellow to green, depending upon the amount of sunlight it receives.


On May 7, 2005, jungleboy_fl from Naples, FL wrote:

This is one of my favorite sun-loving bromeliads. Tough as nails, this species thrives in Southwest & South Florida. Best color is achieved in full sun, and although some claim it needs a lot of water, I've had best results with minimal supplemental watering. In fact, mine are most colorful during the dry, parched winter months.

There are apparently a few popular cultivars circulating right now in Florida. Some forms have wider leaves, and are of an overall more robust nature. Others have slimmer foliage, and are more profuse in suckering. Some take on a more red/raspberry color, while others are more orange/yellow.

Be sure to give them some space. In just a few years, these giant bromeliads can quickly fill a large area in your xeriscape. I've grown... read more


On Nov 29, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Gorgeous flowers (multi-branched) sit high above the foliage. Plant can reach a height of 48". It is also salt tolerant.


On Sep 5, 2004, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This is a magnificent bromeliad, largely cultivated here in Rio de Janeiro on sunny gardens, often playing the central role on beds thanks to its showy foliage and atractive inflorescence.

This plant stays around the height of someoneīs knee, with upright and straight, leathery leaves, with a beautiful color that may vary from green to gold, with red tips. The inflorescence comes from the center of the plant, reaching up to 1,8-2 meters tall. The branched stalk is entirely covered with red bracts, and the flowers are yellow, and ephemeral, protected by red bracts with yellow tips. The flowers donīt last long, but the inflorescence stays showy for months. Hummingbirds are seen flying around it.

It needs organic soil, full sun, high temperatures and regular wate... read more