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Products > Puya coerulea var. coerulea
Puya coerulea var. coerulea - Silver Puya
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Bromeliaceae (Bromeliads)
Origin: Chile (South America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Purple
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [P. coerulea var. violacea, Hort.]
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Puya coerulea var. coerulea (Silver Puya) - This is a large rosette forming succulent with very attractive silver-white leaves in rosettes to 2 feet across and stout spikes bearing dark purple flowers in late spring. Plant in full sun. No irrigation required in coastal garden. Has proven hardy to short duration temperatures to 18 F. This plant is a bit of a mystery. It has been circulating around in Southern California for 30 years, ocassionally labeled Puya coerulea var. violacea which, though similar, has leaves that are not nearly as white. This plant is tagged as Puya coerulea var. violacea at the Huntington Botanic Garden (HBG 20943) though there has long been discussion that this name is incorrect and Huntington desert garden curator John Trager has told us that they now consider the correct name to be Puya coerulea var. coerulea. Our plants came from the garden of noted tropical botanist Sherwin Carlquist who received this plant in the 1960's from the late Will Beitell, UCSB greenhouse manager and Santa Barbara City arborist.  The information that is presented on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations we have made of it in the nursery's garden and in other gardens we have visited, as well how it performs in our nursery crops out in the field. We incorporate comments that we receive from others as well and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they know of cultural information that would aid others in growing  Puya coerulea var. coerulea.