Amazonian Zebra Vase Plant - Aechmea chantinii - Great Houseplant - 6" Pot
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Bromeliad 'Chantinii' is grown for its showy striped leaves and brightly hued bloom. It is a cultivar of an epiphytic species that grows in trees in the lowland Amazonian rain forest. The stiff, broadly strap-shaped, spine-edged leaves are dark maroon with broad horizontal bands of silver. The leaves are arranged in an upright rosette, with the leaf bases forming a water-holding "cup" at the rosette's center. In summer the rosette bears a tall, branched, central flower spike with a white-dusted red stalk topped by a branching cluster of yellow flowers interspersed with showy red bracts (modified petal-like leaves). White or blue fruits follow the flowers. The rosette dies back slowly after flowering, to be replaced by "pup" plants that sprout at its base. This versatile large plant likes filtered or dappled sunlight and a humus-rich, sharply drained growing medium. Keep the central cup filled with water and mist the leaves regularly, especially in the heat and strong sunlight of summer.