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Does anyone know the name of this blue succulent found in front of the Carpinteria Historical Museum?

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Flicka Jun 21, 2017 05:04 PM
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Thank you for the identifications. It is pretty large with lots of spikes. Absolutely amazing.

swarfmaster Jun 21, 2017 04:38 PM
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Many people do not realize the tips of the flower stalks are used by birds as perches to get at the nectar.

mtndriver Jun 21, 2017 02:55 PM
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I have seen this color called Puya alpestris, but it's kind of hard to distinguish from the berteroniana. I think the darker turquoise blue flowers mark it as alpestris, and the other has more greenish blue, lighter flowers. But whichever, it is amazing! Puyas are a type of bromeliad, and these two have the most astonishing flowers. Several P. alpestris growing at Lotusland, get to be a very large plant. Also originally from Chile.

hz Jun 21, 2017 02:18 PM
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it is a Puya Berteroniana succulents plant :0} originally from Chile... One of the most astonishingly beautiful plants to grace our planet direct from Chile! Spectacular, 2-3’ long and 1’ across pineapple-y shaped spikes are densely studded with 1.5” waxy, metallic blooms of the most unearthly emerald-turquoise. Contrasted by bright orange stamens and filled with blue syrupy nectar, they’re a bonanza for birdies who perch on sterile, horizontal stems. To 6-10’ tall in bloom (year 6-8). Spreading slowly by offshoots, spiny 3’ silvery rosettes work well as a security barrier. Can also be grown in a container! Deer resistant, plant in well-drained soil with occasional Summer water. Hardy to 20°F.

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