Established 1959

Puya berteroniana

(Puya alpestris)     

The puya is native to Chile and its name is the Chilean vernacular for these plants. It is a perennial with bristly head of 2 – 3 feet long, narrow, silvery green, spiny-edged leaves.

"In March through June (if we are so honored) 4 – 6 feet high flower stalks develop (resembling giant asparagus), bearing massive flower clusters with metallic blue-green blossoms accented with orange anthers.

Puyas are the tallest members of the Bromeliad family. The leaves of one particular puya species are the source of fiber for fishing nets."

From the Hortense Miller Garden Guide  

If you click the full screen option on our movie, you will be able to see all the pollin our little bee has gathered.