Sunday, January 23, 2011

Aechmea fasciata-Silver vase bromeliad flower

Aechmea fasciata or Silver Vase Bromeliad is native to Brazil, being among the most beautiful and probably the best known of all Bromeliads.
Bromeliads love the heat and humidity, thus they are found in the tropics, just like many ferns, cacti and orchids as well as in the temperate zone, along mosses, liverworts, lichens and algae.
Most of the species in this genus are air plants (epiphytes) growing upon other plant, such as trees, or sometimes upon building or even telegraph wire, absorbing moisture and nutrients from the air and rain.
Aechmea fasciata-Silver Vase Bromeliad
In other parts of the world, the urn plant (Aechmea fasciata) is appreciated as house plant for its colorful foliage and beautiful, long lasting bloom. The gray-green leaves with silver-gray bands are arranged in a vase-shaped rosette. From the center of the rosette rises the flower spike with light purple flowers surrounded by pink bracts and bract leaves. The flower lasts for several months under a wide range of temperatures, from 7 - 37° C (45 - 100° F).
Aechmea fasciata-Silver Vase Bromeliad-macro photo
  • Silver vase bromeliad prefers bright light, protected from direct sun.
  • Keep the soil evenly moist at all times, keep a small amount of water in the cup of the plant and mist with warm water in the summer.
  • Propagation is possible from seeds or offsets.
    Being a slow growing plant, Aechmea fasciata, like most varieties of Bromeliads are purchased when in flower, disposable after.
    Bromeliads produce side shoots (offsets) after flowering, which can be left on the mother plant or can be divided and rooted. It may take several years before the offset is mature enough to flower. The mother plant will die back slowly.
Bibliography: Wikipedia

5 comments:

Jama said...

Bromeliads are quiet commonly found here and some of the blooms are so pretty. I've never seen a pink flower before, mostly we have the red variety here.

Jayne said...

Great photos. I used to have bromeliads as house plants and really enjoyed them. Don't have any at the moment though.

Kathy said...

My favorite flower colors you ask? Pink, pink, and pink, of course!

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

This is a beautiful plant and it cheers me up to see it!

free4ever said...

Love this pic!!! any idea where i can buy a Silver vase bromeliad to take care?
Tnx!

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