There are 3,000 species of bromeliads in the world, and many if not all consider him king. At over 30 feet tall, Puya raimondi is the largest Bromeliad in the world, with one of the largest flower stems of any plant on earth! Its massive stem can be over 25 feet long and contain thousands of flowers.
This is an endangered species that is kept alive only in a few places outside of its native Andes range.
- Puya raimondi is a terrestrial bromeliad from the mountains of Peru and Bolivia. This relative of the pineapple grows to about 8 or 9 feet wide, with a rosette of thin leaves that are lined with sharp spines.
- The plant has flourished at just 24 years old in cultivation, while the average has been 28 years, which is about half the time they have been in the wild.
- Each creamy white flower is approximately 2 inches wide, with bright orange anthers. Here in California they attract several birds, including hummingbirds.
- Like most bromeliads, the plant dies after flowering. Unlike most bromeliads, it does not reproduce by puppies, only by seeds.
Some other species of Puya de los Andes have been successfully bred in warmer areas like Florida. But this one comes from higher elevations than those, so consider it experimental in hot climates, especially if the nights are warm.
It is believed to be frost tolerant down to about 20 degrees F (-6 ° C), but will likely flower sooner if protected from heavy frost. In full sun it is better. Grow it in fast-draining soil, like cactus mix. Despite coming from an arid climate, it can tolerate frequent watering if the soil is drained quickly. Under the right conditions, it is an easy, low-maintenance plant.
Images of the Puya de Raymondi
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More exotic flowers.