Aechmea (Eck-me-uh) is a large genus with over 250 species known for their brilliant bracts that come out of the center cup in a form of a spike. All have broad rosettes and arching bow-shaped leaves. Some of these tank-forming plants have sharp teeth on the margins. The inflorescence can be loosely branched or round in cross section. Many species also have vibrant blue or red berry-like fruit that can last from several weeks to 3 months. The majority of these plants are medium and large in size, great for a landscape environment in warm climates. Aechmeas are fairly easy to grow. Some of the popular Aechmeas are 'Blanchetiana', 'Chantinii' and 'Fasciata' species.
Starting at: $40.00
Aechmea 'Ensign' is an albomarginated cultivar or orlandiana and a carnival of color and texture in its foliage. In a vase-shaped rosette, the strappy dark green leaves are beautifully marginated with a creamy white color which will blush pink when grown in bright filtered light. There are bright magenta blotches and speckles all over the leaves and the undersides have more of a "barring" effect. It ventually forms a red flower spike with yellow blossoms. A species originally collected in Brazil, many crosses have been made using the amazing 'orlandiana'.Learn More
Starting at: $14.00
Aechmea 'Correia-Araujoi' is a species from the rain forests of Bahia, Brazil. This epiphytic plant resembles orlandiana in a way but has much thinner foliage. The glossy leaves are lime-green with deep green markings and mottling on both sides. The slender inflorescence is on a spike from the cup of the plant, lasting for up to 5 months. Great subject for mounting.Learn More
Starting at: $15.00
Aechmea 'Bluetooth' (caudata 'Blotches' x recurvata v. 'benrathii'). A small grower to about 8 inches wide with pointy blue leaf tips curving downward at the tips. An open rosette of orange-green leaves with blueish-purple on the lower parts of the leaves.Learn More