Aechmea

Aechmea recurvata | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

A small evergreen perennial, aechmea recurvata offers much of the exoticism that others of the genus do, but in a miniature helping. Its long lance-shaped, often dark green leaves create a central urn, the leaves flushed with a fiery orange. In summer, a pineapple-shaped floral rosette emerges from the urn, featuring thick red bracts around multiple tiny pale purple three-petalled blossoms. Commonly called the urn plant, it loves well-drained soil, but needs a shaded location to thrive. It hates cold and is extremely vulnerable to harsh frosts, so in temperate areas, it is best to pot in moist, organic-rich compost and grow under glass.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.2
Spread [m]
  • 0.5
Dominant flower colour
  • Mixed colours
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
Environment
Hardiness zone
  • Z9-15
Heat zone
  • H12-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -7 - 0
Heat days
  • 0 - 210
Moisture
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Usage
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