We collected our line of Fascicularia pitcairnifolia from south central coastal Chile. It was on this trip that we learned the true value of a good rain coat. When we got back to camp we were literally white. Covered head to toe in guano! Thank god for hoods! With the southernmost distribution in the Bromeliad family it has low water needs and is frost and cold hardy to about 15° F. It has arching soft spine-margined, silvery leaves reach out to 3 feet. When these plants flower, the center of the leaves turn scarlet surrounding the dense cluster of striking blue flowers tipped with bright yellow pollen. It is a truly amazing site! It does best when planted in full sun to medium shade in a well-draining soil. A great plant for under live oaks it never needs to be irrigated and leaves don't collect on top of plant. Although the foliage appears spiny they are not wicked and can be safely planted along pathways. We sell this amazing bromeliad and ship them bare root.