Aechmea cylindrata | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

An evergreen perennial, aechmea cylindrata offers an intriguing clash of colour when in full bloom. It is better known as the cylinder bromeliad because of the cylindrical shape of its long floral panicles, which grow on thick stems from rosettes of leathery, strap-shaped, light green foliage. Its floral display features dozens of tiny, three-petalled bright purple blossoms protected by rich pink bracts, showing up spectacularly against the foliage around it. Like most tropical plants, the cylinder bromeliad loves humidity, has a distinct dislike for cold and is vulnerable to frost. So, in colder climates, grow under glass in slow-release, organic-rich fertilizer, and keep indoors, in bright but filtered light.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.6
Spread [m]
  • 0.35
Dominant flower colour
  • Blue
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • offsets
Growth habit
  • Dense
  • Rosette
Hardiness zone
  • Z12-15
Heat zone
  • H12-1
Heat days
  • 0 - 210
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Standard category
  • Exotic, house plants & other
  • House plants
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years