Yes it's real. Yes it's AWESOME! Yes you want one. Metallic teal blue flowers on a head-high spike. Spikes on the leaves. Spikes on the spikes. This plant is BADASS. Form a queue. closeup images: Malcom Manners via Flickr; mountain image: cesar castro g via Flickr
DESCRIPTION: Big bromeliad with a rosette of slender strappy leaves, barbed on the edges and tips, grows into a central flowering spike of metallic blue-green flowers. Native to the mountains of South America USES: Very happy in pots. Very impressive in borders. Very one-up on the neighbours. PLANTING: Plant in free draining soil in pots or out in the garden. Might come through a light frost when full grown. Prefers full sun and regular water while growing; reduce water and keep on the dry side in colder temperatures. Very drought tolerant. CARE: After flowering bromeliads generally begin to die back. By this time plants will have developed pups which will take the place of the original plant. Fertilise during spring with an organic liquid feed mixed at half rate. In the wild, plants feed themselves with the decomposing bodies of small mammals that get trapped in the leaves. Yeah. HEIGHT & WIDTH: 50cm H (flower spike to 1.5m) x 50cm W.