Urn plant is an herbaceous bromeliad with striking pink flowers.
Native to Brasil, the urn plant is commonly cultivated in the tropics. The variegated green leaves form an urn-like shape, hence the common name. Shade and ample water are needed, the same requirements for mosquito habitat. A bit of soap water inside the urn will deter mosquitoes. It is sometimes grown epiphytically. However, they may require some moss on their roots to prevent drying out. This plant blooms almost all year long in Hawaiʻi. The flowers are sterile and don’t produce viable seed. Propagate via suckers from a friend’s plant or buy from your local Pono nursery.
- Container plant
- Cut flower
- Thorns or spines