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Puya alpestris

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Puya alpestris




Common name: Cardón negro, Pitcairnia alpestris
Height: 1m-1,2m
Growing: slow
Foliage: evergreen, the leafs are filled with inward pointing needle-sharp spines.
Flowers / Fruits: 1m high flower spike filled with dark blue-turquoise flowers
Site: sun
Soil: acid to alkaline, well drained soil.
Irrigation: few
Hardiness: semi-hardy -5 to -10 ºC

Long description: Puya alpestris has a sensational rosette of serrated spiny leaves. It probably has the thinnest, most elegant leaves of all Chilean Puyas. It will form a spike filled with blue-turquoise flowers. Puya alpestris is supposed to be the most hardy one of all Chilean Puyas. Given a very well-drained, sheltered position, alpestris is almost fully hardy!






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