Aechmea ‘Blue Tango’
This is a cultivated variety of a bromeliad, created by crossing Aechmea dichlamydea var. trinitensis and A. fendleri. They prefer indirect light and loose, moist, humusy soil, fluffed up with sphagnum moss or bark chips. They tolerate both slightly acidic and slightly alkaline soils.
Plants: Called “urn plants” because their leaves form a natural vase that retains rainwater as a hedge against drought, members of the Aechmea genus are up to 18-30" (45-76 cm) high and 24-36" (60-91 cm) around. They are epiphytes, able to grow on moss-covered trees.
Leaves: Leaves are basal, straplike and sharp-tipped, and yellow-green in color. They are up to 30" (76 cm) long and 2" (5 cm) wide.
Flowers: Blooms are brilliant blue-violet flowers jutting from pink and purple primary bracts (modified leaves). Blooms are up to 18" (45 cm) long, and can last from March to October. After blooming, the plants typically decline.
Aechmea ‘Blue Tango’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 29 Aug 2021.