This variegated form of 'Romero' is a stunning medium-large plant with outstanding albomarginated leaves in a 24 to 30 inch upright rosette. The inflorescence is a panicle of purplish-red branches that last for months.
A spectacular plant and well suited for interior use for which it was first developed.
A rare large species from Bahia, Brazil that has an upright vase shape to about 30 inches tall, with wide, stiff and very spiny leaves. The most outstanding character is that it takes on a red coloration from the leaf tips downward to about half the leaf as it matures. The remainder of the leaf is light green.
Does not bloom often and there is sometimes a bit of confusion with this species and similar Hohenbergia castellanosii, a larger plant with wider leaves and larger spines. Although the coloration is similar, the Hohenbergia has a ‘bloom’ or light veneer of a waxy powder over the leaf surfaces. Aechmea ampla is glabrous or glossy.
Of course, the surest way to tell is by the bloom, if you are lucky to see one! Aechmea ampla has a laxly, bipinately branched green spike with very long branches and short sub branches bearing green sepals with pink flowers.
Aechmea blanchetiana 'Orangeade'
A color form of this large species that takes on glowing orange hues when grown in bright light. Native to Brazil’s restinga, a sandy coastal strip with sparse cover, consisting mainly of cacti, thorny scrub…and bromeliads!
A large grower unparalleled for landscape use in warm climates, may reach 4 feet in height, with a heavily branched panicle of orange berries. Large plants always on hand for pick up, and we are offering large offsets, up to 24 inches or more, for shipping.
Aechmea nudicaulis 'Burle Marx'
A real collector’s item! This very handsome clone was obtained by Wally Berg on a visit to the private garden of Burle Marx in Rio de Janeiro. Tubular in shape, but flaring at the leaf tips, it is a beautiful glossy coppery color. An exceptional form.
Aechmea orlandiana 'Ensign'
This was one of the first $100 bromeliads we ever bought. Back in the ‘70s when this was new, that was the price for a pup if you could find one. In time the plant became more common and the price came down. Then as with many other plants, it sort of became rare again. A strikingly variegated form of orlandiana, ‘Ensign‘ is boldly candy-striped with pink, white and green. Can be grown potted or mounted. A ‘must have’ for any collection.
Aechmea recurvata 'Artichoke'
This is one of nicest forms of recurvata, which includes many excellent clones. This one, which originated in the collection of Chester Skotak, forms a small, tight, bulbous rosette with recurving leaves at maturity and colors up with reddish upper leaves, pink bracts and lavender flowers. When not blooming, the leaves are light green with a slight grayish cast.