English name:Urn Plant
Latin name:Aechmea fasciata 'Griffe'
About me:My star quality is the long-lasting pink flower I produce, which contrasts nicely with my surrounding grey-green marbled foliage. In the wild, I naturally grow on the branches of trees.
Useful to know:
I am native to Brazil.
I grow to about 46cm high.
I like bright, indirect light.
Water me via the well at my centre, and keep it topped up over the growing season (once every week-fortnight). In winter keep me on the dry side and water directly into my soil. Keep humidity up by misting.
I really like the warmth, so temperatures between 18-24 degrees are ideal for me.
I like a very week liquid feed every month or so over the growing season, which can be poured into my rosette or well.
Wipe my leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust.
As a bromeliad, once my flower fades, it won't come back. However, I will produce offsets (pups) at the base section which can be propagated when they reach about 15cm tall.
I am not known to be toxic.
I was given the common name 'Urn Plant' because the way my leaves form supposedly makes me look like an urn - naturally I was a Victorian favorite!