Aechmea Cylindrata "Blue Cone"
My mystery bromeliads from "Tropical World" nursery have finally bloomed! I knew that they were in the ortgeisea alliance by looking at the leaves, but know I can finally say with certainty that these are a cultivar of aechmea cylindrata called blue cone. The flower clusters are denser than the species and have a typical matchstick color scheme of neon blue and pink.
Though a couple sources online say to avoid full sun, I actually found it at the nursery doing quite well in a sunny spot. To keep the bright coloring and tight rosettes I planted it in a sunny spot near the front door, where it greets visitors with its electrifying inflorescences.
Aechmea cylindrata is similar to aechmea gamosepela and is very cold hardy as far as bromeliads go. For those of you who lost some tropicals this winter, try using either of these two aechmeas as tough groundcovers or as epiphytes! Even after they bloom, the bracts stay in color for months, much like heliconias.
A couple of other posts on aechmea cylindrata and gamosepala
Aechmea gamosepala or cylindrata bloom
My bromeliad garden is oblivious to the cold