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

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Bromeliaceae (Bromeliads)
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Aechmea recurvata var. benrathii - Clumping plant to about 18 inches tall and spreading wide with time with narrow 18 inch lon slightly recurved green leaves with small teeth on the margines that are blackish near their bases and tinge pink and purple in bright light. Pink flowers that darken to purple with age.Plant in full sun to shade. Requires very little soil or water and it hardy at least to 25 F. This plant makes a care free groundcover It is a naturally occurring variety from Santa Caterina in Southern Brazil. 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 and the varietal name apparently honors a Mr. Benrath who discovered the plant.  The information on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Aechmea recurvata var. benrathii.