This is the exceptional clone of Aechmea chantinii that sported to become the famous, variegated ‘Roberto Menescal’ form. Considered black but is actually deep burgundy with bold, silvery-white bands. The inflorescence is bold with yellow branches and large orange bracts. Simply a gorgeous plant!
This is way larger than I expected. My other 2 Aechmeas are 11" and 14" and I was expecting something more in that range. This is well over 24" total, and too tall for any shelving I have, so I had to search for a place to put it. But it is a spectacular plant and looks great in it's spot on the floor by the door to my balcony