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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 our library and online research as well as observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Aechmea recurvata var. benrathii.