Sunday, November 28, 2010

Aechmea weilbachii forma viridisepala

The showy inflorescence of Aechmea weilbachii forma viridisepala combines green, orange, red and purple into a long-lasting display.  The flower spike appears in late fall and lasts for several months.

The spike tends to arch slightly and then curves upward.  Unlike many Aechmeas, the foliage on this one is soft and spineless, almost grass-like.  Individual leaves can be two feet long spreading out in all directions.  Plants usually grow about one and a half foot in height.
Aechmea weilbachii grows well in shade or filtered sun, and the leaves will be lighter green in higher light. The foliage makes it appear like a delicate tropical plant, but it will tolerate temperatures in the low 20°F range.
There are two other forms of this species that have a completely different appearance. See also: Aechmea weilbachii forma pendula

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Eliza said...

Hi! I wanted to let you know that the blog carnival “How to Find Great Plants, Issue #1″ was published today and includes your post on brugmansia. Thanks for participating!

The inflorescence in the above photo makes me think of homemade crayons... very waxy and a mixture of colors! Neat plant. :)

Andrea said...

your plants are always so healthy looking.

Makarimi Abdullah said...

Hi...Very nice plant! I love the color and arrangement of this flower. Thanks for sharing the great post!