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Aechmea gamosepala ‘Lucky Stripe’ with matchstick-like blue flower tips

Aechmea gamosepala ‘Lucky Stripe’ (Variegated Matchstick Plant/Bromeliad)

Recently, we spent a short vacation with a gang of 7 retirees at Cameron Highlands. As usual, one of our favourite visits was to Cactus Point where we could feast our eyes on the numerous plants on display.

My beloved John was cautious about buying plants from Cameron Highlands as most will succumb to their demise in the lowlands of Kuala Lumpur where we reside.

However, this particular beauty with variegated foliage really caught my attention. I fell in love with Aechmea gamosepala ‘Lucky Stripe’ the instant I laid my eyes on it. This was the first time we chance upon it.

Moreover, the price was just perfect, only RM8.50 and relatively cheap for this gorgeous looking bromeliad with flowering spike that’s as captivating.

We have no regrets whatsoever in buying and adding a pot of them to our garden collection.

In just 10 days, another flowering spike emerged on one of the matured plants, beautifully resembling the top tip of an asparagus stalk.

Wow… what a wonderful surprise, something so utterly unexpected and much welcomed. That wasn’t the end of delightful surprises.

As the flowering stalk unfurled, we got to see why this bromeliad is commonly named Variegated Matchstick Plant. It had matchstick-like flowers of light pink that were tipped with iridescent blue. Absolutely stunning!

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Last edit: June 16, 2016