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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.

4th September 2020

It has flowered in the greenhouse without me noticing.

21st April 2021

The time has finally come to plant it outside in the shelter of a pine tree and see how it copes. Initially it was set back by drought but it produced new roots through the summer and was looking established by the time the autumn rains arrived.