Aechmea 'Gympie Gold'
A hardy Australian hybrid named for the gold rush town of Gympie. The plants are upright somewhat tubular rosettes about 20 inches tall, with gray-green leaves and an inflorescence resembling both parents, Ae. gamosepala x caudata, with simple or branching pink spikes and showy yellow flowers. Fairly cold hardy.
Aechmea 'Pie in the Sky'
A beautifully variegated form of Aechmea apocalyptica, a hardy species with fairly stiff leaves boldly striped with white.
The inflorescence is showy, a cylindrical spike of ‘match stick’ flowers of bright orange with blue petals.
This unusual and handsome species is from the area of Itamaraju, Bahia, Brazil, with an upright vase shape and stoloniferous habit. The foliage is light green and translucent, banded above and below with dark brown. It superficially resembles an Ae. orlandiana, but the texture of the foliage is much lighter. The inflorescence is reminiscent of Ae. bambusoides, with clusters of short branches and large red bracts on a long, thin scape. A choice plant for mounting or hanging basket culture.
Aechmea gamosepala v. nivea
An interesting and attractive plant about 18 to 24 inches tall in an upright rosette, with pale green leaves and a pink inflorescence with white flowers. The shape of the inflorescence resembles that of a typical form of blue-flowered gamosepala, but in every way it is larger. A rarely seen form that is both beautiful and easy to grow.