Puya Castellanosii. Bromeliad.
The Puya Castellanosii is an amazing plant and rarely available. A compact rosette of very long narrow, tapering leaves are silvery-blue in color with brown inward pointing spines along their margins. In spring, when mature enough, striking whitish-blue tubular flowers are held above the rosettes on an upright branched flower stalk that are a deep rich pinky-purple color. This very exotic plant will eventually form offsets and reach a height of around 2m. Definitely one for the collectors this unique plant is great for large containers, coastal gardens, exotic gardens and city gardens alike, it's striking silhouette making it a wonderful architectural addition. Listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List. Will need protection in severe winters.
Latin Name: Puya Castellanosii
Common Name: Bromeliad, Chagualillo.
Native to: Chile.
Growth: Rare. Evergreen. Slow growing. Compact rosette of long narrow silver-grey thin tapering leaves. Brown inward pointing spines along leaf margins. Striking tall upright pinky-purple flower stalks with tubular pale whitish-blue flowers.
Sun: Sun/partial shade.
Soil: Fertile. Sharply drained.
Moisture: Keep dryish in winter.