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Plant Database Search Results > 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. 

Information about Puya coerulea var. coerulea displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.