Puya alpestris Sapphire Tower
Puya alpestris forms a 2-3 foot tall clump to rosettes composed of recurving, spiny-margined, light green leaves that are silver-gray beneath. The leaves about 1 inch wide at their base and narrowing along the 18-24 inches in length. This plant will quickly form clumps and in spring, branching 3 to 4 foot tall flower stalks appear blanketed with the most unearthly, metallic colored turquoise blue-green flowers with vivid orange stamens that positively glow! Each branch of the inflorescence terminates in a long sterile branch with pink bracts that acts as a perch for nectar feeding birds. The flowers are also very attractive to bees. This Bromeliad should be planted in full sun in a well-drained soil mix. It is drought tolerant but if it is irrigated more regularly, it will grow more quickly and flower more forcefully. Puya alpestris is hardy to temperatures as low as 18° F for short durations and is native to high barren slopes in the Andes of southern Chile and Argentina. The name for the genus come 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. We sell these amazing Bromeilads in single rosettes shipped bare root.