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. susurrus says:

    What a find! Wonderful pictures. I bet it was hard to tear yourself away from this one.

    Lots of questions being asked today. I’d call it turquoise but if pushed, blue. With a green stripe. Stunning though. The petals seem to have a metallic sheen.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I took a few photos just in case they didn’t all work. I only had my phone with me. The colour is more like teal blue with that green stripe, and yes with a very silky sheen.

  2. What beautiful flowers and pictures! Happy weekend, Jude. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Cathy, finally sitting outside with a book in the sun. 🌞

      1. That sounds wonderful. Enjoy! 🙂

  3. beetleypete says:

    25 years is a long time to wait to see them flowering, but they are beautiful.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, I won’t bother growing one!

      1. beetleypete says:

        I might try. It could inspire me to live until 93 to see it bloom!

  4. Sue says:

    Beautiful sight!

    1. Heyjude says:

      It was stunning and most unexpected.

      1. Sue says:

        Always good!

        1. Heyjude says:

          The second unusual plant I have seen in that garden recently.

  5. Pit says:

    Ever so wonderful pictures of a plant I had never heard of. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      I’d not heard of it either. I asked a chap who was working in the garden and he gave me a name which wasn’t quite correct, but close enough for me to look it up.

  6. Sandra says:

    My goodness, what a stunning bloom! As for the colour…. green? blue? How about both? Glas, Jude, cornish glas! 😂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Should have thought of that, Sandra! Of course 😊

      1. Sandra says:


  7. Colline says:

    This flower is absolutely stunning!

  8. margaret21 says:

    There’s something quite unsettling about that blue. If that flower were trying it out in a shop, I’d suggest a different shade.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It is very unusual. Certainly stopped me in my tracks 😊

  9. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Amazing flower. Do you know if the plant will the plant die after it flowers?

    1. Heyjude says:

      I believe it does.

  10. These are stunning flowers! What a lovely colour – bluey green I’d say, but veering more towards blue. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Very much teal blue in reality.

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