A very spiky, medium sized, upright rosette of green leaves with black leaf tips which curve downwards slightly. A rather unusual and attractive feature of the plant is the varying amount of black speckling on the leaves.
The showy, cone-like flower heads are bright orange with yellow petals and peep out just above the foliage. Adding a splash of colour to the garden in late winter to spring.
This plant multiplies readily and will form a dense clump in a relatively short space of time.
A very tough plant that adapts easily to growing in a wide range of different conditions. Aechmea Covata is recommended for coastal gardens as it copes with ease with salt-laden winds. It is also frost hardy and drought tolerant. Recommended for beginners.