Bromeliad – Aechmea fasciata

Aechmea fasciata
Silver Vase Bromeliad Urn bromeliad

A bromeliad fasciata (Aechmea fasciata), sometimes called a silver vase plant or urn plant, is an easy care flowering plant native to Brazil. In nature, it is an epiphytic plant, which means it grows on other plants or trees. This bromeliad variety has thick, arching, gray-green leaves.These unique leaves are arranged in a circular fashion so that they form an upturned waxy cup in the center. This central cup, or reservoir collects the water and nutrients that the plant needs. After three or four years, as a bromeliad fasciata matures, the plant produces a tall flower stalk with numerous pink bracts. The real flowers are small blue blooms that grow between the pink bracts. Although the blue flowers quickly die, the bright pink bracts often last 5 or 6 months. When buying a bromeliad fasciata, avoid purchasing one that already has small blue flowers since this indicates the pink bracts have been visible for a while and may soon fade. 

Read about other easy care houseplants, like this bromeliad, in Don’t Talk to Me, I’ll Grow Better – A Guide to Easy-Care Houseplants