Aechmea fasciata 'Primera': dusky pink flowers on silvered green leaves

Aechmea fasciata ‘Primera’

Bromeliad

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does flower in October

Plant does flower in November

Plant does flower in December

  • Botanical name: Aechmea fasciata 'Primera'
  • Common name: Bromeliad
  • Family: Bromeliaceae
  • Plant Type: Conservatory, House plant, Perennial, Evergreen
Flower colour:

Pink

Purple

Foliage colour:

Green

Silver

Aechmea fasciata is an exotic-looking bromeliad that grows epiphytically in its natural habitat in the rainforests of Brazil. In temperate climates it is grown as a houseplant. Aechmea fasciata ‘Primera’ forms a rosette of broad green leaves with silver-grey horizontal markings. From the centre it bears a large flower spike with pink bracts dotted with small purple flowers.

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Grow Aechmea fasciata ‘Primera’ in a warm room, in a bright spot out of direct sun. It likes humidity, so place on a tray of damp pebbles or mist regularly. In its natural habitat the rosette of leaves form an ‘urn’ or well, which collects rainwater. As a houseplant, the plant is watered by filling the urn, too, to around one inch deep. Ideally, use rainwater, or failing that, distilled or filtered water. Empty and refill the urn every couple of weeks to prevent the water stagnating.

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The plant is usually sold in flower. This will last for many weeks before it fades and the plant dies back. The plant will form ‘pups’ or baby plants at its base – when they are around a third of the size of the parent plant, they can be cut away and potted up, forming new plants.

How to grow Aechmea 'Primera'

  • Plant size

    50cm height

    30cm spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, east facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do Plant in March

Do Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does flower in October

Plant does flower in November

Plant does flower in December

Aechmea 'Primera' and wildlife

Aechmea 'Primera' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Aechmea 'Primera' poisonous?

Aechmea 'Primera' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People