Aechmea (Aechmea blanchetiana)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 2 to 6 feet
Plant Spread: 2 to 4 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Evergreen
Other: Leaves are 2 to 3 feet in length and turn golden- orange to reddish-orange in full sun conditions. Small spines along leaf margins.
Fruit: Other: Small purple berry.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Spring
Uses: Groundcover
Cut Flower
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Pollinators: Birds
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Epiphytic

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Posted by gardenersdetective (Zone 10a - Zone 10a) on Dec 14, 2011 1:07 PM

Vase Shaped open foliage is coarse with spiny leaf margins. Slow growth rate height 2' to 4' and spread of 2' to 4'. Perennial in USDA hardiness zone 10B. Plant in full bright sun, they reward you with the brilliant orange and eventually a vibrant raspberry-orange color. The branched flower spike rises tall above the large bromeliad and is fire red. The color is so bold that it can be seen from down the street and creates spectacular curb appeal. For maximum wow factor in the landscape combine with raspberry or hot pink flowered plants. The long-lasting bracts are most noticeable. They can be used as cut flowers indoors for a period of weeks. Makes a great specimen plant or hedge.

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