Aechmea fasciata (Lindl.) Baker
Urn pine is a member of the bromeliad family, native to Brazil. They do not exist in the wild in North America.
Identification: This slow-growing plant grows to a height of 12-36" (30-91 cm), its roughly oval, silver-and-green leaves are 18-36" (45-91 cm) high and up to 24" (60 cm) around, forming the water-retaining “urn.” The showy flowers are 3-4" (7.6-10 cm) around, pink, with blue-purple tips. Spiny bracts are also pink. These plants can grow in the ground, or as epiphytes, growing in moss-covered nooks and crannies in trees.
Aechmea fasciata on Dr. Giuseppe Mazza's PhotoMazza.com site
Aechmea fasciata on Wikipedia
Aechmea fasciata on Desert-tropicals.com
Aechmea fasciata at the University of Connecticut Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Plant Growth Facilities
Aechmea fasciata on CalPhotos
Aechmea fasciata description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.
Range: Zones 10a-11: