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Puya mirabilis

Family bromeliaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z9-11)
Flowers lime green
Size 36"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes well drained soil, drought-tolerant
From seed germinate at room temperature; exposure to light likely helpful
detailed seed-starting info below

This bromeliad sends up sturdy stems from lower-growing rosettes, holding nodding lime-green flowers that emerge from dusky purple calyces. The flowers are arranged alternatingly up the stems, as many as fifteen. Supposedly flowers one year after planting, but I don't know how long it takes from tiny seedling stage: my littluns have barely grown since germinating a month ago.

We're just trying this plant for the first time this year; it hasn't found a permanent place in our gardens yet. (click here for a full list)

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from NARGS '18/'19 exchange. Baggy 70F (16d; 3%G, 15d) - 70F with light (90%G, 3-11d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F with light (good G, 17-20d)

Seedlings stay at minute two-leaf stage for a long time.

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