Aechmea aquilega variegated
Aechmea aquilega variegated A beautifully variegated form of a large handsome species. This plant grows to about three feet tall with stiff leaves in an upright rosette. The inflorescence has clustered branches of yellow with pink bracts and is very colorful. However, the best part is the vividly variegated leaves which are light green with bold creamy white. This stunning form was found in Brazil.
Aechmea bracteata rubra variegated
A beautifully variegated form of this interesting species that is best noted for its shape, an upright and spreading bulbous based rosette to over 30 inches across, with stiff leaves and large spines. The plant takes on a deep reddish hue in full sun with bold creamy to pinkish variegation. The inflorescence is a tall panicle of red bracts and black berry-like fruit. Native from southern Mexico to northern South America where it grows in various locations from sandy beaches to cliffs and epiphytically in open forests. An easy to grow species great for landscape use in high light areas in frost free zones.
Aechmea nudicaulis v. capitata (Green form)
A beautiful, stiff-leaved, tubular variety that grows on stout, 6 inch stolons. The inflorescence is a small cone-like head of yellow flowers with bright red bracts. Originally sourced from the Marie Selby Botanical Garden with their accession number of SEL95-0I71A.
Aechmea recurvata 'Giant Form'
‘Giant’ is a relative term. For a species that usually runs under 6 inches tall, the 8 to 12 inch plants are giants. Bottle shaped plants with narrow, light green leaves that bear an impression or ‘thumb print’ near the neck of the plant. A slight reddish blush colors the center leaves at anthesis and the inflorescence has pinkish bracts with lavender flowers.