Puya chilensis

Jim Foster fosterjp@cox.net
Wed, 28 Dec 2016 13:49:20 PST
Here at Lotusland we have Puya alpestris which our visitors are stunned 
at the flower color - that is when it flowers. Also at Lotusland in 
Santa Barbara we had a Puya chilensis flower for the second tome in 30 
years in 2015.  Referred to there as the sheep killer because they can 
get entangled in the thorns and die.  I guess the plant then uses it as 
fertilizer.  We saw numerous ones in flower near Maitencillo last year.  
Looks like a giant bouquet of daffodils on top of the stalk,
Both of these species are not for the feint of heart to care for and can 
get fairly large.

Jim
Santa Barbara





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