The water plants (Aechmea fasciata) come from very far, but have long found space in our homes, where they are grown for the beautiful and prolonged flowering and for the foliage. In nature they develop in the rain forests of South America, where they tend to grow as epiphytic plants, that is, without sinking the roots in the ground: they develop at the bifurcations of the branches, among the thick fronds of other plants, wherever a little of rotting foliage provides a little space for the roots. Also in the apartment it is advisable to imitate nature, therefore we grow our acmee in very small containers, where the roots find the right space to fit, without expanding at will.
Characteristics Acmea fasciata
From this poorly developed root system, but consisting of large fleshy roots, a dense rosette of large spiral-shaped leaves, rigid and fleshy, arched, up to 40-50 cm long, with sharp apex develops; at the point where they join, a small calyx is formed, from which a large inflorescence develops, the most decorative part of the plant: the flower of the acmee is made up of rigid, semi-woody bracts, pinkish, orange or red, which they form a kind of panicle, from which small red, purple or pink flowers will bloom for a few weeks. The most widespread species in cultivation is the aquatic fasciata, with pink inflorescence, purple flowers, and apologetic green foliage, marked by bands of dark color or by white-gray pruinose streaks; there are some other species of Aechmea, with different colored flower, but also with light colored foliage, or with lateral bands in contrasting color.