Before my mother downsized her house, I lifted several Aechmea fasciata from her heavily shaded front lawn. Only one survived the transplant process and for 2.5yrs I wondered when (or if) it might bloom in my sunnier location. Yesterday, the reward. :)
Urn Plants (as they’re commonly known) are ubiquitous in Vero Beach but they aren’t native. Originally from Brazil, this stemless epiphyte grows 1-3′ tall in a basal rosette of stiff, arching, silvery-green leaves with black spines. Like many bromeliads, it blooms only once before dying, leaving pups (offsets) to take its place.
The inflorescence above is in a very early stage: at maturity the dense pyramidal head will lengthen as small violet-to-red flowers sprout among the bracts. Such a beautiful, showy plant!
In other news, Jack had been visiting (he left last night) so we’ve spent a lot of time beachside and dining everywhere but home. ;) My mother took this pic after Chicken Cacciatore at her house:
You may remember Jack wielding a machete on the rubber plant last January? If not, here’s the original pic and a new one:
What a difference in 6 mos: both are so nicely dressed. ;)
For more on A. fasciata, check out the Zemanta related links below.
Until next time…..
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- Pushing (or opening?) the climate envelope for epiphytic bromeliads (ecologyatgingko.wordpress.com)
- U is for Urn Plant (smallbluegreenflowers.wordpress.com)
- Aechmea fasciata – Pretty picture, rambling post (allandrewsplants.wordpress.com)
- High Definition Time lapse of a blossoming Silver Vase (disclose.tv)
- Brimming with Bromeliads (patrickaccampbell.wordpress.com)
- Two plant updates (allandrewsplants.wordpress.com)