Rosette cylindrical or funnel-shaped. Leaf sheath grey scaled, entire, green beneath, purple above. Leaves to 50 cm long, 5-8 cm wide, covered with pale grey scales and pale banded beneath; blade broadly rounded, spine-tipped; margins with small black spines. Scape slender, white woolly, with white to pink bracts. Inflorescence densely pyramidal, 7-10 cm long; floral bracts larger than the sepals, pinkish-red with a slight white woolly covering. Flowers blue fading to dark red, partially hidden by the pink bracts.
A. fasciata is in the subgenus Platyaechmea (Group 5)
One of the most popular bromeliads in cultivation due to its attractive crossbanded leaves and long lasting inflorescence.
Related cultivar: 'Charles Hodgson' Stiff, upright, medium, vase-like, green leaves with faint grey bands, medium toothed. Inflorescence upright, within the leaf rosette; bracts long, pink, stiff; petals mauve.
Source: (2005). Bromeliaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.