Known as the 'Sapphire Tower' or 'Blue Puya' this Bromeliad looks like it comes from an alien planet yet it is a rare and very sought after member of the pineapple family that grows throughout the southern regions of Chile.
Its flowers of which there are hundreds increase year after year in number and are luminous / metallic blue in colour with bright orange stamens making for one of the most showy displays possible.
Produces large clumping rosettes of spiky - grass foliage similar to regular bromeliad and then when it's time to bloom, from the centre of the rosette a 5' tall flower spike emerges that soon becomes an explosion of colour like you could not imagine.
Puya Alpestries is as drought tolerant as any Cactus and is hardy to around 20 - 25 f.
Very easy to grow from seed and will reach a decent size rather quickly.
In colder climates it is suited more to life as an house plant, conservatory plant or ideally for container growing so it can be over wintered easily.
Easy to follow germination advice provided on the website.