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Aechmea 'Del Mar'
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aechmea 'Del Mar'

'Del Mar' is an evergreen, perennial bromeliad forming a rosette ofarching, strap-shaped,bright greenleaves edged with small, sharp spines. Small blue-purple and greenish-white flowers,surrounded by showy purple-blue bracts, are carried in spikes on bright pinkish-red stems. Flower spikes may appearin any season and last for up to a year

Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Red Purple Green
Summer Red Purple Green
Autumn Red Purple Green
Winter Red Purple Green
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or East–facing or North–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1B
Botanical details
Family
Bromeliaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Tufted
Genus

Aechmea are evergreen perennials forming funnel-shaped rosettes of strap-shaped leaves, with a terminal spike of tubular flowers often with colourful triangular bracts, followed by fleshy fruits

Name status

Unresolved

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow epiphytically, or in epiphytic bromeliad compost, in bright, filtered light in a heated greenhouse, or as a houseplant. See bromeliad cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by offsets

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Patio and container plants
  • Sub-tropical
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Can get scale insects and mealybugs

Diseases

Generally disease free

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