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.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Phoenix, 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 Tulare, California Vista, California (2 reports) Bayamon, Puerto Rico Austin, Texas