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Greigia sphacelata

18th May 2008

A large clumping bromeliad from Chile. It comes from fairly low altitudes, but has been shown to take temperatures to about -5degC. Coincidentally, we have just had the coldest night for 20 years and temperatures in the greenhouse dropped to ... -5degC! It is still with me, and I hope not suffering from hidden damage.
Heads of pink flowers are carried low down in the clumps and are said to develop into edible fleshy fruits.

5th June 2009

1st March 2015

A young plant in the Agave house where it enjoys the extra warmth and survives the drought. I think it would survive well outside.