Aechmea recurvata 'Benrathii' is a rock dwelling species from Brazil. The variety benrathii differs from the typical plant in having compact stature and very dark purple leaf bases that give the plant the appearance of being black at the base. the leaves have compact spines. Miniature form well suited to a bright terrarium. The extra small and thin pup matures to a beautiful plant with a somewhat bulbous base with green leaves tinted with brownish gray. The center cup flushes pink during bloom producing a compact inflorescence of pink flowers. The flowering lasts for about 4 days. Very hardy and good for mounting on wood or rock in a landscape setting. Aechmea 'recurvata' is a reference to its downward curved (recurved) leaf tips that lead to the easily recognized shape that all of the forms share. 'Benrathii' Brazil. 5x5x12" Bright Shade Moderate Spring-Summer. Keep water in central cup. Empty weekly. Use distilled to prevent mineral deposits. USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) Spring/Summer. Balanced liquid. Does not need a lot of feeding. Mount or use pourous pot with well aerated soil. Regular potting , kept open with sand or pumice grit or premixed orchid, bromeliad, epiphytic soil composed of mostly of organic material, (peat, sphagnum moss or leaf-soil) works well with these plants. PH, preferably about 5.5 to 6.0. Mix approx, 1 part grit/ 2 part soil., depending on dry time & species. xxx xxx xxx xxx Easy care/Highly adaptable, striking colors/foliage/Mature bromeliads should not be repotted 4" pot 5.00 $4.00 Hanging/Mounted
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