Saturday, December 13, 2008

Aechmea 'Exotica Candystripe'

This nicely variegated Aechmea arose in my nursery as a chance sport, from Aechmea apocalyptica x gamosepala. The variegation is pretty stable, unlike similar cultivars such as Aechmea 'Lucky Stripes'.

In late autumn or early winter a flower spike in candy pink and blue tops the white variegated plants. Does best in full shade, or with some morning or late afternoon sun. Can take light frosts if planted under trees.

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