We measured the colony of Ochagavia litoralis at an unbelievable 12 meters across! It filled the entire ravine on the rugged coast of Chile at Colchagua. In cultivation an individual plant rapidly forms clumps of rosettes with 1 foot long recurved spine margined leaves that are gray-green above and white below. In late summer or fall appear tight heads of pink flowers on short stalks from the center of the rosette. Plants don't flower every year but seem to flower at least alternate years. It has been speculated by some growers that cooler temperatures trigger bloom. Plant in full coastal sun to light shade in a well drained soil or large pot and irrigate only occasionally. We know this plant is hardy to 18 F as it survived this temperature in our 1990 freeze and was unblemished. The genus Ochagavia is closely related to Fascicularia with 4 species endemic to Chile or the Juan Fernandez Islands off the Chilean Coast. This is an easy colonizing Bromeliad to grow and a must for any collector.