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Aechmea fascinata Silver vase   Bromeliaceae

Aechmea fasciata, Silver vase


Aechmea fasciata, Silver vase	Reminiscent of a formal flower arrangement, this Brazilian species has a vase of silvery gray leaves irregularly barred green, from which emerges in summer a short, broad cluster of mauve-blue flowers among crowded, spiky bracts of a most delicate clear pink. The rosettes, up to about 18 in (45 cm) high, do not clump up much.
Hardiness zone 10 To 12
Plant Height approx. 60 cm
Cultivation: How aechmeas are treated depends very much on climatic conditions. In the humid tropics and subtropics they grow happily outdoors, most preferring filtered sun. Despite being epiphytes, they will grow on the ground as long as soil is open and high in humus, and the bed is raised slightly. Some tolerate surprisingly cool conditions and can be grown outdoors well into the temperate zones, so long as frost is absent. In more severe climates they are grown as indoor or conservatory plants, potted in a coarse medium just like many orchids. Propagate by division (separating pups with a sharp knife), or from seed.