Billbergia nutans, Queen's tears bromeliad, friendship plant
This is one of the easiest plants to grow!
Billbergia is a bromeliad that is native to Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, where it can grow in trees as an epiphyte, or on the forest floor at high elevations.
I plant them in the shade at the base of large trees. They spread slowly and form a beautiful "skirt" around the base of the tree.
They begin flowering in the fall, and may continue to flower sporadically through the winter. The arching inflorescences have pink bracts, and the jewel-toned flowers are a striking combination of royal blue, green and yellow.
The foliage grows about 18 inches tall, and remains attractive all year long.
I never water mine or cover them to protect them from frost. They are also extremely easy to propagate and share with friends.
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