Aechmea fasciata

Aechmea fasciata

Urn plant

  • Botanical name: Aechmea fasciata
  • Common name: Urn plant
  • Family: Bromeliaceae
  • Plant Type: Conservatory, House plant, Perennial
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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 is also known as the urn plant, as its rosette of stiff, silver-blue leaves form an ‘urn’ or well at the centre that collects rainwater. In the home, 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.

Keep your plant in a warm room, in a bright spot that is out of direct sun. It likes humidity, so place on a tray of damp pebbles or mist regularly.


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 fasciata

  • Plant size

    50cm height

    50cm spread

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade

Aechmea fasciata and wildlife

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

Is Aechmea fasciata poisonous?

Aechmea fasciata 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

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