Plant Description

Aechmea caudata

Aechmea caudata

This is a vigorous bromeliad from Brazil with grey-green, serrated-edged leaves that form a funnel-shaped rosette. The long-lasting inflorescence has yellow florets held in reddish bracts, on branched spikes up to 1 m in height, and appear in late winter. It grows well in shaded spots and looks superb with the orange funnel-shaped blooms of Clivia miniata or the dainty yellow, orange and scarlet trumpets of Justicia floribunda that open at the same time. However, it can also grow in sun, where its foliage will become a golden-green hue. A pale yellow or cream striped-leaf version is sometimes seen, but it doesn't grow as strongly as the plain green one. It is an epiphytic plant that can grow in the forks of trees but it can also be planted in the ground, as long as drainage is good. It can also be grown in a pot. Propagation is by division of the clump, discarding the old rosettes that have already bloomed.

 

Aechmea caudata
Suitable for Cut Flowers.
Out now in my Sydney garden.
Flowers from August to September.
Plant Family: Bromeliaceae