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Products > Aechmea recurvata var. recurvata
 
Aechmea recurvata var. recurvata - False Tillandsia

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Bromeliaceae (Bromeliads)
Origin: South America
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Aechmea recurvata var. recurvata (False Tillandsia) - A epiphytic or sometimes terrestrial bromeliad that grows from sea level to 2,000 feet in altitude in full or partial sun in southern Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and northeastern Argentina. It grows 12-15 inches tall with stiff compact rosettes with many firm recurved glossy yellow-green spine-toothed leaves with centers that turn red and outer leaves that turn rose colored when the plant is in flower. In spring to summer the flower spike rises up above the foliage (which distinguishes it from other varieties of A. recurvata such as the varieties ortgiesii and benrathii). The inflorescence is showy with bright orange-red bracts and pink to violet flowers that poke out towards the top of a thorny bright red crown. Plant in full sun to light shade - colors best in bright light. Irrigate occasionally to regularly. Hardy to short duration to 20 F or slightly below. This tough little plant is able to withstand salt spray strong winds and considerable dryness. A nice addition to the succulent or rock garden where it can be planted in well-drained soil on rocks or driftwood. The name for the genus comes from the Greek word 'aichme' meaning "spearhead" or "a point" in reference to thorny tips on the sepals and bracts. The specific epithet is the Latin word meaning recurved in reference to the way the leaves arch over.  This information is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library and from reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations of it in our nursery of crops, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we have visited. We will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Aechmea recurvata var. recurvata.
 
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