|Full Description: Bromeliad species Puya alpestris Aka "Sapphire Tower" Has turquoise blue-green flowers, that look metallic, very unusual. Blooms emerge in spring on mature plants, the flower stalks are very impressive and average 3' to 4' feet tall. The growth is 2' to 3' foot tall clump of individual rosettes of narrow, re-curving, spiny margins, light green to dark green leaves that are silver gray colored underneath. The individual leaves average 1" inch wide at base and narrow to a point along the 18" to 24" inches in length. Puya alpestris has a very spectacular and unusual flower stalk in size and bloom color which is sure to be attract much admiration and amazement in the garden.
Common name : "Sapphire Tower"
Synonmys : Pitcairnia alpestris, Pourretia alpestris, Puya whytea
Native to : Southern Chile and Argentina in high barren slopes in the Andes mountain range.
Flower stalks : The large flower stalks are 3' to 4' feet tall with alien looking turquoise green-metallic flowers, with vivid orange stamens that are held on a branching 3' to 4' foot tall stalks appearing in the spring.. Each branch of the inflorescence stalk terminates in a long sterile branch with pink bracts that acts as a perch for nectar feeding humming birds, the flowers are also very attractive to bees. The 2"+ diameter flowers produce copious amounts of sweet nectar.
Somewhat shy to bloom Puya alpestris only produces flower stalks on mature plants in spring and can skip some years flowering every other year on occasion.
More Info : The name for the genus Puya comes from the Chilean name used for the species Puya chilensis and the specific name 'alpestris' is the Latin word for alpine, in reference to where this plant is native to in the Chilean Andes. It is sometimes confused with the larger Puya berteroniana which has longer up to 4' to 5' feet and wider 2" to 3" inches leaves and flowers that are a green color.
Care : Puya alpestris likes full sun to some shade in hot inland areas. Rich good draining soil mix. Hardy to 25F for brief periods. Likes regular water to look its best but can tolerate periods of drought. Easy to grow, produces offsets each season.
Offered as : A small plant or offset to all mail order locations, larger rooted plants are available within the U.S. only for mail order or can be picked at our walk in nursery-click the link below for info.
( Below are examples of the spectacular alien looking turquoise blue-green flowers that Puya Alpestris will produce, very unusual colored blooms ).
Established 3 to 5 gallon rooted plant(s) may also be available for shipping within the U.S. only or for pick-up as most are very large, so sorry but no international shipping of large plants.
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