The Aechmea plant is a member of the bromeliad family. Approximately 180 species belong to this genus. They're most common throughout Central and South America in the wild.
Aechmea is a tropical evergreen plant that grows to be little more than 20 in (50 cm) tall. It has a smooth, slender stem that is almost totally buried under a leafy rosette.
The leaves are large and leathery; their texture may resemble parchment. The color of the leaves is usually silver-white with green stripes. A single bright pink flower grows in the center of the plant.