Malva Bromeliad

  • ​​Common Name: Malva (other common names: Aechmea Bromeliad, Living Vase Bromeliad, Urn Plant 'Malva')
  • Scientific Name: Aechmea mulfordii ‘Malva’
  • Family Name: Bromeliaceae
  • Origin: Brazil
  • Height: 2’ – 3’
  • Width: 1’ – 2’
  • Growth: slow (2 - 3' in one season)
  • Zone: 9A - 11
  • Light Needs: Sun – Partial shade (prefers some shade)
  • Salt Tolerance:  resistant to salt spray and wind
  • Soil/PH/Texture: not picky about its soil and drains extremely well, mildly acidic – mildly alkaline (pH 6.1 – 7.8)
  • Soil Moisture: Mesic - water regularly in its vase/rosette, do not or water or leave in soggy soil ever.
  • Drought Tolerance: low, but humidity and heat tolerant
  • Pests/Diseases: resistant to most pests and diseases besides occasionally mealybugs
  • Growing Conditions: easy to grow and low maintenance
  • Characteristics: Foliage is Green - Burgundy/Maroon – Dark Black (depending on sunlight), has spines, Blooms are clusters of starburst blossoms on a showy spike, orange, red, or bright yellow, under 1”, and last for months.
  • Propagation: by division of rhizomes, bulbs, offsets, or pups (plant is sterile and does not set seed or come true from seed)
  • Wildlife: flowers attract bees and butterflies
  • Facts: hybridized by Anderson in 1995
  • Designer Considerations: use as groundcover in mass plantings or in garden beds, as a border, accent plant, on a piece of wood or bark hung on a patio wall, planted in a tree, or as a container plant for your deck or patio.

Malva Bromeliad

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Bromeliad Island Garden