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EvergreenPerennial bromeliad. Swollen stem base bearing spreading terminal rosettes of lance-shaped, arching, dark-green leaves, 60-100cm (24-39in) long.
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in heightProduces funnel-shaped flowers. Flowering stems reach up to 4m (13ft) with up tp 80 lateral branches
Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winterHardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
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Additional FeaturesArchitectural interestExotic plantsGood to knowSyn. P. alpestris subsp. zoellneriPests & DiseasesNew growth susceptible to scale insectsPlace of originCentral Chile
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)
Soil ConditionsMedium to light, fertile, well drained soil