|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.
A. fasciata is listed in the FDA Poisonous Plant Database under the section for "Skin irritating substances in plants" and is known to cause contact dermititis, phytophoto dermatitis, and contact allergy.
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- "Aechmea fasciata". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
- 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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- BROMELIACEAE DA MATA ATLÂNTICA BRASILEIRA retrieved 22 October 2009
- 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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