Sunday, March 27, 2011

Aechmea warasii

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.


jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

I always feel better when I visit blogs featuring tropical plants, whether indoors or out. We still have snow here, so the only exotics are all indoors. I didn't know this one and think it's quite beautiful

lotusleaf said...

I always learn something new when I visit your blog. Thanks.

Andrea said...

I love the bloom better in photo than when in the plant, esp that first photo.


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