The coldest November since 1975 finds Vero Beach overcast, damp and chilly (48°F??!!??) Time to hunker down in “England” clothes and share my latest aquisition!
Last week I attended a Bromeliad Auction and
overspent got an Aechmea cultivar known as “Wally’s Wand.” ;)
Wally’s Wand is a colorful hybrid created by the late Wally Berg of Sarasota, Florida. Crossing the Ecuadorian Ae. penduliflora (parent plant) with Venezuela’s Ae. politii ‘Red Leaf” (pollen provider), Berg created a South American hybrid with interesting, unusual foliage:
At maturity the green to pinkish leaves measure 10″ long, and a loosely clustered flower scape emerges.
Like 99% of bromeliads, the mature Aechmea slowly declines after blooming, with new “pups” appearing along the base. I was fortunate to get three for the price of one!
Judging from the already chilly weather (and terrible long range winter forecast..even here!) I’m glad I didn’t plant this in ground right away!
Until next time….
:) :) :)
- Bromeliad Auction and Billbergia Amoena (smallhousebiggarden.wordpress.com)