Puya

Puya are the oldest genus of Bromeliads and include almost 200 species including the largest Bromeliad on the planet, P. raimondii. Puya are generally native south of the equator in South America, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Peru and are often found in high elevations. Puya are in the family Pitcairnioidea along with Deuterocohnia, Dyckia, Hechtia and Pitcairnia.

Many Puya appear grass-like at a distance but all are armed with short spines along the leaf edges. Puya species range from small like P. mirabilis to positively huge but most fall in the intermediate range of 2-5' wide. The flowers are borne on huge spikes from just a few feet to several yards tall.

Plant your Puya in very well-drained gritty soil with a mixture of potting soil, bark, stones, perlite, sand or volcanic rock. Water moderately from spting to fall and keep fairly dry in the winter. Puya do best if grown outside with lots of sun and look great in a rock or cactus garden but can also be grown in containers or large hanging baskets. Most Puya are frost tolerant and hardiness varies from species to species so please read the descriptions before deciding which Puya is just right for you.

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Combo Pack - 5 NAMED Puya
Combo Pack - 5 NAMED Puya, mostly species, maybe a hybrid in the mix, all labeled, 4" pot or larger.

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Combo Pack - 5 NAMED Puya - Gallon Size!!
Combo Pack - 5 NAMED Puya - Gallon size pots, large plants, all labeled, shipped bare-root with soil.

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Dyckia x fosteriana x platyphylla X Puya laxa - xPuckia Sparkle
xPuckia Sparkle - Puya x Dyckia is an inter species hybrid, a bigeneric, between Puya laxa and Dyckia fosteriana x platyphylla. It has a lot of the Puya laxa characteristics with long green leaves heavily frosted in silver fuzz.

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Puya 'Poseidon's Trident' (tuberosa x P. mirabilis)
Puya ,'Poseidon's Trident' is a hybrid of P. tuberosa and P. mirabilis. It has narrow strap-like leaves armed with short spines. I am not sure what the flowers will look like but they should be gorgeous with parents like these! Gallon size!

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Puya aff. pearcei
Puya aff. pearcei, found east of Cochabamb, Bolivia, looks more like a giant Orthophytum than a typical Puya. It has long supple wide leaves and big teeth. It's natural habitat is rocky hillsides but like moisture and humidity if planted in very well-drained soil.

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Puya alpestris
Puya alpestris has long green leaves that turn silver as it ages. It is armed with large teeth and grows to about 24" tall and wide. Its flowers are borne on tall spikes and are of the deepest sapphire blue you can ever imagine, simply amazing.

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Puya assurgens
Puya assurgens

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Puya berteroniana
Puya berteroniana is a clump forming terrestrial Bromeliad native to Chile and forms huge rosettes to 3' across with silvery foliage bearing nasty hooked teeth. It sends up flower spikes 6-10' (yes FEET) tall bearing metallic turquoise blue flowers.

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Puya castellanosii
Puya castellanosii

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Puya coerulea
Coerulea in Latin means blue and you can't get a darker blue than that of Puya coerulea. The flowers are so blue they appear black plus they branch off of a wild coral pink spike! Coerulea is slow growing to a rosette about 3' wide. It reminds me more of an Encholirium than a Puya and is just as well armed.

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Puya harmsii
Puya harmsii - 6" Pot

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Puya laxa
Puya laxa

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Puya mirabilis
Puya mirabilis is one of the smallest of the Puya genus and can be grown in as little as a 6" pot. It blooms 24" spikes with green flowers. Gallon size!

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Puya sp. 'Cayata' Ecuador
Puya sp. 'Cayata' is a smaller species Ecuador and is of yet unnamed. It has thin leaves edged in small sharp teeth. Not sure of ultimate size, probably no more than 24" wide at maturity.

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Puya sp. Muela del Diablo
Puya sp. 'Muela del Diablo' hails from southern Bolivia and has thick broad leaves armed with sharp spines and can take on some very interesting contorsions with those long leaves. 'Muela del Diablo' translates as 'Devil's Tooth' which just about sums up this new species.

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Puya sp. Tiraqui, Bolivia
Puya sp. Tiraqui, Bolivia, grows with short trunks to around 36" and produces offsets to form large clusters. It flowers on spikes held just above the foliage. As yet unidentified.

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Puya tuberosa
Puya tuberosa

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