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Puya alpestris ~ Sapphire Tower

Puya alpestris is a beautiful plant for the cactus garden or for the gray garden.  The prickly arching leaves are a show in themselves.  For several years the clump will gradually enlarge until it is about 2 feet tall.  Usually by this time several pups have started.   In the Spring Puya alpestris produces this Sapphire tower of blooms.  This is a most extraordinary color with the deepest sapphire blue and a green overtone.  The Sapphire Tower rises up to 4 feet above the foliage and produces huge numbers of these exotic blossoms.  They are a great plant for attracting hummingbirds.  Puya alpestris is hardy into the low 20°s F. They can readily be propagated from seed.  Though it takes a long time to produce a plant substantial enough to be put out into the garden.  I have had trouble in gardens with rabbits.  The rabbits will shear off all of the Puya alpestris leaves as they are produced.

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Puya alpestris, Sapphire Tower 

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