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Puya raimondii - Queen of the Andes (40 seeds)

Puya raimondii - Queen of the Andes (40 seeds)

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    Genus of over 200 species of single-stemmed or tufted succulents from Central and South America. Puya raimondii is a magnificent evergreen succulent, imposing, with leaves arranged in a rosette. This species lives in the Andes between 3500-4500 m above sea level, and is the largest bromeliad in the world, reaching 3-4 m in height and 2-4 m in width. In its habitat, growth is very slow due to adverse environmental conditions (low temperatures all year round, predominantly rocky terrain and very little rainfall), but in cultivation it grows rapidly. The elongated, curved leaves, up to 250-300 cm long, are light green or glaucous in color, and have small reddish thorns on the margins. After 80-120 years the plant produces a very large inflorescence up to 10 m high made up of thousands of small creamy white flowers. After flowering the plant dies but persists for a long time with its erect inflorescence and releases millions of small winged seeds with the wind which are used for the renewal of the species. In cultivation the plants grow much faster and can flower after only 25-30 years.

    Pedoclimatic needs

    Grow in sun in well-drained mineral soil. Rustic species, it tolerates cold and frosts down to -10°/-12°c although it is advisable to shelter young plants in case of very intense cold. Although adult plants are very resistant to drought, young plants benefit from regular watering during spring and summer. Being a high mountain species, this puya suffers temperatures above 30° in summer and requires open and very ventilated exposures. The queen of the Andes can be grown on the ground in flowerbeds or rock gardens, or even in large pots to decorate terraces and balconies.


    Photoblastic seeds that require light to germinate, therefore should not be buried.


    at the end of winter/early spring or in autumn with temperatures not exceeding 18-20 degrees.


    To find out more, download the scientific publication online: “ Viability and germination of seeds of puya raimondii harms ( bromeliaceae )

    Botanical Information

    Botanical name Puya raimondii Family Bromeliaceae
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