This beautiful Pineapple relative comes from the cool lands of central Chile. It is a soil-dwelling Bromeliad that makes an exotic, tennis ball-sized cluster of flowers in late summer. It is said cold-hardy down to the mid 20s.
The rare Ochagavia is a terrestrial Bromeliad that forms a rosette of spiny leaves about 10-12 inches long. Its compact size makes it an excellent potted plant. Over time, it makes multiple pups, which may be separated once they form roots. The large cluster has lovely pink petals and bracts, and bright orange stamens, which open from the outside of the cluster inward.
It grows well in a 3-5 gallon pot in ordinary cactus soil. Avoid letting the soil dry out completely. It does not mind heavy rainfall provided that it's in fast-draining soil. Seeds are challenging to germinate.