Puya alpestris

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 Puya alpestris subsp. var.  Sapphire Tower
Habit: bromeliad
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Lifespan: perennial
Origin: Chilean Andes
Bloom: early spring, late winter
Exposure: sun
Water: moderate, dry
Features: evergreen, flowers
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USDA Zones: 9.5 to 12
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Flower features: green, blue, single
Bromeliaceae > Puya alpestris var. ,

Puya alpestris is a species of bromeliad native to Chilean Andes and grown as an ornamental plant. It produces a clump of gray-green, spike-edged leaves and bolts a tall inflorescence containing many flowers. The flower is an unusual teal color with bright light orange pollen.

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Puya alpestris, Poepp. (Pitcairnia caerudea, Baker. Puya Whytei, Hook. f. Pitcairnia alpestris, Bailey). Fl.-cluster much branched or panicled, with bracts more serrate than in P. caerulea: fls. very large and showy, with a flaring mouth, dull metallic blue. Chile.—A plant in bloom has the habit of a yucca.

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  • Steens, A. & Y. Cave. (2003) Bromeliads for the Contemporary Garden. Portland: Timber Press, page 132.
  • Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture, by L. H. Bailey, MacMillan Co., 1963

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