The low bushy base of the Puya Raimondii forms a large rosette of spiky, long leaves, about 1½m across.
The plant flowers just once in its life which can be up to 100 years. This usually takes place in the month of May, when a huge central stem is pushed up to 12 meters into the sky, covered in many thousands of blooming flowers. The plant dies shortly after it blooms. If you are lucky enough to witness this event, it’s an unbelievable sight set against a spectacular snowy mountain back-drop.