|Aechmea fasciata 
Aechmea fasciata (silver vase, urn plant) is a species of flowering plant in the bromeliad family, native to Brazil. This plant is probably the best known species in this genus, and it is often grown as a houseplant in temperate areas. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
The plant grows slowly, reaching 30–90 cm (12–35 in) in height, with a spread of up to 60 cm (24 in). It has elliptic–oval-shaped leaves 45–90 cm (18–35 in) long and arranged in a basal rosette pattern.
A. fasciata requires partial shade and a well-drained, but moisture-retentive soil. It can also be grown epiphytically, as, for example, with moss around its roots and wired to rough bark. Root rot can be a problem if the soil is too moist.
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- Gilman, Edward F. (October 1999). Aechmea fasciata (Report). University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service. http://hort.ufl.edu/shrubs/AECFASA.PDF. Retrieved 2009-11-09.
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- BSI Cultivar Registry Retrieved 11 October 2009
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- "Aechmea fasciata (Lindl.) Baker urnplant". PLANTS Profile. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
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