Rare Blue-Flowering Bromeliad

Puya berteroniana Flower Stalk

Close-Up of Puya berteroniana Flower Cluster

Blue Puya berteroniana Flower

Thrasher Drinking Flower Nectar

If you are lucky, you will see an unusual bromeliad plant in bloom when you visit the University of California – Santa Cruz (UCSC) Arboretum.  Puya berteroniana is native to Chile, and is related to the pineapple. The plant produces a spectacular 10-foot-tall flower stalk in spring.  The blooms are one of the few in the world that are truly blue!  Birds love to drink the flower’s nectar.

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

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