This Chilean tough as they come pineapple relative is a must have for any garden, With its attractive evergreen foliage in large drought tolerant mounds. The colonies can get to 1metre tall by half as much again so allow room for it. Although if all else fails it can be divided easily.
When it decides to flower the basal part of the leaves in the flowering rosette turn bright red and set off the tubular blue flowers superbly. No one will walk past without comment I promise.
Sun or semi-shade in a well drained to dry aspect in the ground or a large pot will suit it. I often recommend it for those broad shallow Victorian style concrete urns that are often hard to find a plant for that will florish.
I have nice young plants in 6″ pots for $20.00