This terrestrial bromeliad is a member of the pineapple family. It has arching silvery leaves that are populated with red, sharp serrated spines. It forms a 6’ high and wide clump. 10′ tall flowering spikes emerge in Summer and Fall – multi-branching and architectural, that are loaded with inch long tubular flowers, each with rosy-pink bracts and black flowers. It is funny how a species which means tiny flower can have such a bold inflorescence.
Pronunciation: POO-yuh my-KRANTH-uh
Species Meaning: Tiny flower
Puya micrantha is native to Bolivia.
Full sun, fast draining fertile soil is best. Water regularly during the warmer months but withhold water in Winter. It can handle light frosts, but for zones 9 and lower it is best grown in a pot and brought under cover during the Winter.
By separation of pups or from seed.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P21080
Found in Pots,
Waiting to find its forever place in the garden. It does need to be divided because there are lots of plants crammed into this little pot.
We acquired this plant from Annie's Annuals and Perennials.