Unearthly-looking Sapphire Tower (Puya alpestris)
Now In Bloom at San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas
This South American wonder will continue to flower for about 2 more weeks
Characterized by unearthly, metallic-looking, deep turquoise blooms, that are punctuated by bright orange anthers, the Puya alpestris, commonly known as the Sapphire Tower, looks like nothing else in the plant world.
This striking flower that often causes visitors to say Is this REAL? is now in bloom at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas. A native plant of South America, this Chilean species is a member of the pineapple family, with flowers measuring 2 across with a number of them blooming up an 18 spike (or tower) over a 2-3 week time frame.
Spring Party with Bunny
Saturday, April 15
10 am 1 pm
Children are invited to meet our gentle bunny for a photo op, decorate their own bunny ears, and get a bunny face paint during this fun springtime event. You can also visit real bunnies in a petting zoo, plant a spring flower to take home, and make some colorful spring crafts. At 12:30 pm, our big bunny will lead a parade through the Native Plant Native People Trail.
Cost: Passes will be sold for participation in activities on the day of the event for $15 per child.
A limited supply of passes will be available, first come, first served.