Monday, July 11, 2011

Aechmea fasciata

Aechmea fasciata is often one of the first bromeliads that people own, because it is very durable and easy to grow. The leaves are covered with silvery trichomes, or "scurf" that helps the plant absorb humidity from the air.
Enlargement of the trichomes.

The underside of the leaves often show pronounced banding.
The pink inflorescence usually appears in late spring and keeps good color for several months. Purple flowers emerge during the first month.
Plants grow about 1 1/2 feet tall and wide. They do well in dappled shade or part sun.
The foliage will survive a freeze, but will be damaged if frost settles on the leaves. Planting under the protective canopy of a leafy tree is ideal.

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