Aechmea warasii has a colorful, pendulous inflorescence. The stem of the flower spike is a dark purple color. Red buds give rise to dark blue flowers. The buds retain a berry-like appearance, and keep their color for two months or more. Flowering occurs in early spring.
The plant gets about a foot tall, and grows slightly wider than tall. Leaves are thin and flexible. The foliage often takes on a reddish-orange tint. This could be from sun, cold, or drought. My plants have to contend with all of these.
This species prefers a shady spot.