|Aechmea are known for beautiful foliage, long lasting color and vivid berry-like fruit. These plants can adapt and grow on a variety of surfaces such as on trees in full sunlight between 300 to 3,500 feet. Specimens have been found in Peru having 3 foot long leaves, but the avarage is 1 foot in length. Aechmea distichantha has stiff, gray leaves growing 18 to 24 inches tall in an erect rosette. The broad pyramidal inflorescence bears muliple vivid rose bracts and purple, blue or white flowers.