Quesnelia marmorata

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Grecian Urn Plant

Here in the North, we tend to think of bromeliads as somewhat rare and exotic. In Brazil, this one grows on trees. The most notable feature of Quesnelia marmorata, or Grecian urn, is its foliage. The tall, narrow leaves have mottled horizontal bands of green and white and curve outwards gracefully at the top, like the lip of a vase. The bloom, though short-lived, is lovely, with pinkish maroon bracts that open to reveal lavender-blue flowers.

It’s quite easy to care for as a house plant. Just don’t pamper it. Remember it’s a tree dweller, so it needs fast-draining soil and it’s happiest in bright but filtered sunlight. The base of the leaves forms a cup to retain water, so watering once or twice a week and leaving a little water in that cup will take care of its needs.

Plant Shape:
Full Sun
Partial Shade
Bloom Time:
July - August
September - October
Bloom Color:
Landscape Use:
Bedding or Border
Wildlife Interest:
Attracts Butterflies
Plant Type:
Hardiness Zone:
9 - 11