Puya floccosa

Photo courtesy of Geoff Stein

Gorgeous evergreen, silver foliage and coral-hued flower spikes make this terrestrial bromeliad from Costa Rica and Venezuala a real show-stopper for the dry garden. Forms a 3’ wide and 2’ tall clump of narrow, slightly spiny, lovely silvery leaves. From late Winter to early Summer, 2-3’ high, multi-branching coral-pink spikes emerge, sprouting 1”, darkest purple blooms from fuzzy bracts. Loved by hummers, it’s also choice for bouquets. Grows slowly and may take a few years to bloom but, once it does, it blooms yearly thereafter. Tough as nails and extremely drought tolerant once established. Makes an exciting container plant with its attractive foliage giving it year round appeal! Plant in well-drained soil. Deer resistant.

Earl,
Curious Plantsman

Photo courtesy of Geoff Stein
Full Sun
Low Water

Perennial Succulent
USDA zones 9-10