Aechmea 'Blue Tango'

Blue Tango Urn Plant

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Description

The flower colors of 'Blue Tango' are unbelievable. Multiple electric violet-blue floral bracts contrast with hot pink and purple primary bracts , with thick hot pink to red stems. Once in bloom the 18-inch flower spikes flowers will last for five months or more under proper conditions. The leaves are lime green with sharply serrated edges and arch over into a fountain shape. This hybrid of Aechmea dichlamydea var. trinitensis and A. fendleri was introduced by Bullis Bromeliads and received a patent in 1999. Bromeliads in the tropical American genus Aechmea are called vase plants or urn plants. The bases of their curved leaves collect water and can be home to aquatic insects and microorganisms. Plants take several years to flower and will usually decline after the long-lasting blooms fade, but they can be restarted from “pups”: small side shoots. They like filtered light and loose organic soil mixed with small bark chips or sphagnum moss to increase porosity.

Soil
Moist
Plant Shape
Upright
Exposure
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Bloom Time
March - April, May - June, July - August, September - October
Bloom Color
Pink, Red, Blue, Purple
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border, Specimen Plant
Plant Type
Perennial
Hardiness Zone
9 - 12