Puya alpestris is an evergreen terrestrial bromeliad that produces a rosette of spiky silvery-blue leaves. The spikes are reverse barbed to protect the plant from predation and it’s said that in the wild sheep can often get tangled into the spikes, earning this plant the nickname of ‘Sheep eater’.
Puya alpestris produces a stunning flower spike in warm summers that is a tower of sapphire blue flowers with bright orange anthers, there is almost nothing else like it!
Puya alpestris is a fantastic drought tolerant plant that will thrive with a warm microclimate and good drainage.
Key plant features: Stunning sapphire blue flowers.
Origin: Central and South America
Common names: Mountain Puya, Sapphire Tower
Position: Full sun
Hardiness: Hardy in warmer areas of temperate climates (Coast, cities, sunny garden microclimates).