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Fascicularia pitcairnifolia
  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Bromeliaceae (Bromeliads)
Origin: Chile (South America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Blue
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [Fascicularia bicolor, Hort.]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Drought Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: <15 F
Fascicularia pitcairnifolia - An evergreen bromeliad from south central coastal Chile with the southmost distribution in the Bromeliad family. Its arching soft spine-margined, silvery leaves reach out to 3 feet. The clone we have is shy to flower, in fact we have never seen plants in our garden bloom for the last 15 years and many other gardeners in California report the same. If the plant flowers, the center of the leaves turn scarlet surrounding the dense cluster of striking blue flowers tipped with bright yellow pollen. Plant in full sun to medium shade in a well-draining soil. It has low water needs and is frost and cold hardy to about 15 F. A great plant for under live oaks; never needs to be irrigated and leaves don't collect on top of plant. Although the foliage appears spiny they are not wicked and can be safely planted along pathways. This plant is sometimes synonomized with Fascicularia bicolor, another Chilean species, that has shorter leaves and blue flowers subtended by ivory-colored bracts and most recently literature notes that the name " pitcairniifolia" should not be used because it is "ill defined". The name Fascicularia comes from the Latin word 'fascis' for "bundle" in reference to the tightly clustered flowers.  This description is based on our research and our observations of this plant growing in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We always appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or have additional cultural tips that would aid others growing Fascicularia pitcairnifolia .
 
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