Once a century Bloom – Queen of the Andes

Queen of the Andes (Puya raimondii) is the largest bromeliad (family of monocot flowering plants). The plant may take as long as 80 to 150 years to flower, but when it does, this plant is rather stunning, with a spike that bears over 8,000 whitish-green blooms, which turn purplish with age.Amazingly, it grows to such lengths in regions with harsh conditions and at very high altitudes, where it seems impossible for any plant to thrive.

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