Aechmeas form large urn shapes or tubular structures that hold reservoirs
of water, many are epiphytes that can adapt to growing in the ground, but they need a free draining soil. The leaves are often heavily marked with silver trichinas
and they produce colorful blooms that are long lasting. They are
found across a huge range of habitats in central and south America. Many are hardy plants and many can withstand cooler temperatures and dryer
conditions. Some have spectacular flowers which can last for months. If the flowers are pollinated the plant often forms colourful berries which contain an sticky jelly that is edible.