Wednesday, 30 May 2018


Urn Plant (Aechmea fasciata) is a bromeliad native to Brazil. This plant is probably the best known species in this genus, and it is often grown as a houseplant in temperate areas. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

The plant grows slowly, reaching to between 35 and 100 cm in height, and spreading up to 65 cm. It has elliptic–oval-shaped leaves that are between 50 and 100 cm long and arranged in a basal rosette pattern. It has a stunning, large, tousled bloom, with pink bracts and blue flower petals, appearing in late summer or early autumn and lasting for many months.

The Urn Plant requires partial shade and a well-drained, but moisture-retentive soil. It can also be grown epiphytically, as, for example, with moss around its roots and wired to rough bark. Root rot can be a problem if the soil is too moist. Scale insects and mosquitos will sometimes breed in the pools of water that are trapped between the leaves.

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  1. I find bromeliads fascinating for some reason. Lovely image.

  2. When I see a flower this delicate and pretty come from the staid and seemingly stern bromelaid, I think what a wonderful sense of humor nature has. :-)

  3. Beautiful! I love the blue tips - a lovely contrast.
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  4. Lovely and the blue tips stand out.

  5. We call them Bromelia overhere… I love them but can not have them in the house, not healthy for my animals

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  6. I had not heard of this plant before. I used to have many indoor plants until the two kittens I got 15 years ago came to live with us and they loved to eat my no more indoor plants..Michelle