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Aechmea ‘Blue Tango’

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassZingiberidaeGingers and related plants
OrderBromelialesBromeliads: tropical plants adapted to limited water, often epiphytes
FamilyBromeliaceaeBromelias: tropical and subtropical plants, the best known being pineapple
GenusAechmeaName means “spear” in Greek
Cultivar‘Blue Tango’

About plant names...

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 1½-2½′ (45-76 cm) high and 2-3′ (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 2½′ (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 1½′ (45 cm) long, and can last from March to October. After blooming, the plants typically decline.

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Aechmea ‘Blue Tango’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 29 Aug 2021.

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