Friday’s Florals: More Bromeliads

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I think that this is the correct name for my florals this week.

Aechmea fasciata

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Aechmea fasciata (silver vase, urn plant) is a species of flowering plant in the bromeliad family, native to Brazil. This plant is probably the best known species in this genus, and it is often grown as a houseplant in temperateareas. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society‘s Award of Garden Merit.[2]

The plant grows slowly, reaching 30–90 cm (12–35 in) in height, with a spread of up to 60 cm (24 in). It has elliptic–oval-shaped leaves 45–90 cm (18–35 in) long and arranged in a basal rosette pattern.[3]

A. fasciata requires partial shade and a well-drained, but moisture-retentive soil. It can also be grown epiphytically, as, for example, with moss around its roots and wired to rough bark. Root rot can be a problem if the soil is too moist.[3]

Scale insects and mosquitos will sometimes breed in the pools of water that are trapped between the leaves.[3]

A. fasciata is listed in the FDA Poisonous Plant Database under the section for “Skin irritating substances in plants” and is known to cause contact dermititis, phytophoto dermatitis, and contact allergy.[4]

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