Acanthostachys pitcairnoides

1 gallon $15.00

This is an interesting and uncommon plant in the bromeliad family; one of just two species in its genus. It requires an easy culture similar to dyckias and can be grown with them and puyas.

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Acanthostachys pitcairnoides

  • Names and Synonyms:  
    Aechmea pitcairnioides
  • Common Names:  
    None
  • Family:  
    Bromeliaceae
  • Origin:  
    Comes from the Espirito Santo region of northeastern Brazil
  • Size Label:  
    1 gallon
  • Height:  
    2-3'
  • Width:  
    1-2'
  • Cold Tolerance:  
    25 to 30°F; -3.9 to -1.1°C
  • Heat Tolerance:  
    High heat tolerance
  • Light Requirement:  
    Full sun to light shade
  • Water needs:  
    Very drought tolerant especially in foggy areas along the coast.
  • Maintenance:  
    None
  • Uses:  
    This plant works well in containers and hanging baskets as a curiosity. It can also be grown in well-draining soils in cactus, succulent and rock gardens. In full sun the yellow to orange red foliage foliage will contrast well with silver, green or dark red foliage.
  • Propagation:  
    A. pitcairnoides can be grown from seed. Mature plants can also be carefully divided to create additional clumps.
  • Problems:  
    None, but requires good drainage.
  • Special notes:  
    This is an interesting and uncommon plant in the bromeliad family; one of just two species in its genus. It requires an easy culture similar to dyckias and can be grown with them and puyas. It has long, slender leaves that are green, yellow, red and orange in color and armed with sharp black teeth/spines. In shade leaves remain more green in color. In summer a mature plant blooms with attractive 3-petaled violet-blue flowers that are nested in the center of the plant and which mature into bulbous white seed capsules. The plant is able to capture condensation with its long inward recurved leaves which channel the moisture to the center of the plant.