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