Aechmea correia-araujoi (it has no common name, only a botanical) has striking foliage. The lime green leaves have dark brownish-black configurations that almost look like zebra stripes. From a landscape perspective it is extremely versatile: It can take full sun to full shade. In full sun displays a yellowish green foliage; if grown in shadier conditions, is a deeper green. Either way, the markings are so dark that they contrast dramatically. The slender inflorescence is bright reddish orange and gold, and is long lasting.
One of the smaller aechmeas, this bromeliad looks best when grown into a mass as a groundcover. It spreads quickly by stolons and is very prolific, and also makes an attractive epiphyte in a tree or even on porous surfaces like wood, rocks, and masonry.
Aechmea is a large genus of mostly epiphytic bromeliads. The plants form broad rosettes of arching leaves with a central "tank" or reservoir for collecting water. Because of their sparse root system, bromeliads demand a well-drained soil. In heavy soil areas, till the planting area and incorporate compost and topsoil prior to planting. Care should be taken to ensure that the central "tank" always has some water in it through overhead irrigation or rainwater. Bromeliads in general dislike heavy fertilization.
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