The smooth, loose rosette-forming leaves of the blue-flowered torch are dark green above and purple below, arching, and up to 18 in. (45 cm) in length. The flower spike grows to around 16 in. (40 cm) high and consists of a hard, long-lasting head 10—12 in. (24-30 cm) long, made up of numerous densely overlapping., rose-pink bracts.
From between the bracts, the true flowers emerge singly. Each is up to 3 in. (7 cm) long and a rich shade of royal blue with a white- throat. This species comes from northwest Peru.
Size: Height to 32 in. (80 cm).
Light: Indirect sunlight.
Temperature: Warm; above 60°F (15°C).
Moisture: As the roots serve little purpose in gathering moisture for the plant, mist thoroughly two or three times a week. The water that runs off should suffice for the soil.
Feeding: Give half-strength liquid fertilizer once a month using a mister.
Propagation: Use a sharp knife to take 3 in. (7 cm) long offsets at any time. Rooting should take 4-6 months.
Special needs: High humidity is essential, so place the plant on a tray of moist pebbles.