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Dormant flower bursts into bloom in Penzance garden

By CMScott  |  Posted: August 06, 2013

By Scott Hamilton

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THIS STRIKING bloom has taken every by surprise at Penzance’s Morrab Gardens.

Described as an “uninspiring spiky bromeliad” that sits in a small triangular bed near the bandstand, the Chilean plant has sat quietly for years without flowering.

Now it has produced a startling three foot spike with dozens of deep blue-green waxy flowers with bright orange anthers.

Tony Mills, of The Friends of Morrab Gardens, who took these wonderful photographs, said: “It is a very unusual and rare Puya alpestris. This plant has grown here for some time and this is the first time it’s flowered.

“It has, quite understandably, attracted a lot of attention from passers-by and keen gardeners.”

You can see more photographs on The Friends of Morrab Gardens Facebook page.

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