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Blue Puya
Puya berteroniana

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Puya (POO-yuh) (Info)
Species: berteroniana

Category:

Perennials

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Cactus and Succulents

Height:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Green

Blue-Violet

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Herbaceous

Silver/Gray

Smooth-Textured

Succulent

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Anthem, Arizona

Queen Creek, Arizona

Atwater, California

Brentwood, California

Castro Valley, California

Fremont, California

Fresno, California

Nevada City, California

Redding, California

Richmond, California

Sacramento, California

San Diego, California

San Francisco, California

San Leandro, California

Tulare, California

Vista, California (2 reports)

Bayamon, Puerto Rico

Austin, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
2
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Aug 16, 2007, Darkhorse00 from La Pine, OR (Zone 6a) wrote:

I'm trying to get them to grow, no luck so far. It's been three weeks.

Neutral

On Aug 24, 2006, otom from Grand Island, NE (Zone 5a) wrote:

I saw this plant on EBAY and the seeds go for big money. I obtained seeds from TradeWindsFruit for 2.00 including shipping. First time I had no luck and am on my second try.

Positive

On Jun 26, 2005, afy65 from Cliffsend, Kent
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

Got 3 of these babies growing well in my sunroom - at what age can they start to produce flowers - dont tell me I have to wait 73 years or something stupid like that....LOL

Positive

On Feb 1, 2005, hanna1 from Castro Valley, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Is one of the largest genera in the pineapple family. From central Chile. Bears huge 6'-10' flowering spikes up to 20 at a time, metallic, deep bluish green flowers with vivid orange stamens in Summer. Silvery foliage has recurved, hooked spines along edges and makes large striking 3' clumps, rosettes die after blooming and offsets carry on. Slow growing, enjoys very dry, well drained soil. Is hardy to 20F. Is very well suited to our Coastal climate.