cornwall in colours: green or blue?

Puya chilensis (Sheep eating plant) is in the Bromeliaceae family and has striking stiff leathery mid-green leaves of up to 3 feet in length with spines. The trumpet-shaped yellow or green flowers grow on a tall spike. The flower spikes are up to 2m tall. Growth is slow and spread by offsets. I was astonished to see these bluish-green flowers with bright orange stamens flowering in the George V garden the other day. I had never seen them before, but apparently they are among those types of plants that only flower every 25 years or so. This is Puya berteroniana. The flowers are loved by humming birds – such a pity we don’t have those here!

Sometimes life just takes you completely by surprise.

July Squares | Perspective


  1. Absolutely beautiful, it almost doesn’t look real. Also one of my favourite colours (whatever it’s called, teal or turquoise!)

    1. Heyjude says:

      Mine too. Couldn’t believe my eyes!

  2. Joanne Sisco says:

    OMG – wow!! I’ve never seen anything like it!! What a spectacular plant! Btw – I LOVE that teal colour!!

    1. Heyjude says:

      There were actually two plants in flower, how cool is that! 😂

  3. Su Leslie says:

    That is absolutely stunning — and my favourite colour palette. I must see if any public gardens here have them — and hope they didn’t just flower 😀

    Hope you have a great weekend Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The colour certainly is unusual, I almost thought that it was fake!

  4. Robyn Haynes says:

    My goodness! I don’t think I’ve ever seen these – and what a gorgeous colour!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I had to stop and go back to see if they were real 🤭

      1. Robyn Haynes says:

        I can see why. It’s such an unnatural hue for a flower.

  5. It’s an unusual looking plant. Kind of reminds me a bit of a Bird of Paradise.

  6. restlessjo says:

    Wow! I thought you’d been playing when I saw the first shot! 🙂 🙂
    (has Pauline been around lately? I haven’t seen her in the Reader and she usually does your photo challenge)

    1. Heyjude says:

      It certainly looks fake when you see it, not a normal colour for a flower. And no, I haven’t seen anything from PP recently, but the last few assignments have been rather challenging.

      1. restlessjo says:

        I’ll drop her a line in case anything is amiss. 😦

        1. Heyjude says:

          Well I know Jack was suffering with his shoulder, maybe he’s gone in to hospital for the op.

  7. Cathy says:

    What an intriguing curiosity, and Google tells me that sheep and birds may indeed become trapped by the spines and die

    1. Heyjude says:

      Fortunately no sheep along here!

  8. Very cool plant! Though I’m rather concerned at the idea of it upping roots, chasing down sheep and eating them. 😳

    1. Heyjude says:

      Apparently they can get caught up in the spiny leaves and then die. 😱

  9. These colours are stunning!!!

  10. Deepa says:

    Such beautiful colors!

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