One of the all-time favorite, easy to grow, beautiful Tillandsias, from Chiapas, Mexico. A pinkish-silver plant with wide, leathery, scurfy leaves in a broadly spreading open rosette. Can grow to 18 inches, but usually is much smaller.
The inflorescence, which can last in color for a year, is an inflated, sometimes branched, pink spike. A cliff-dweller from the dramatic canyons of Chiapas, it best kept mounted in bright light, and fed frequently.
A Mexican plant with very stiff leaves in an open rosette of 6 to 8 inches. The leaves are yellowish, blushing reddish in strong light or full sun and it produces a shiny red to yellow-green, branched inflorescence with pink flowers. Easy to grow, preferring conditions on the bright and dry side. Can be suspended from a string or mounted on wood, cork, stone or other substrate. Suitable for dry terrarium use.
Tillandsia concolor 'Cuicatlan'
A giant form of concolor from Mexico with the same general characteristics as the typical form, but reaching nearly a foot across. A desert dweller with a restricted range, it can be seen growing on cacti and Acacia in the extremely harsh country near Cuicatlan, Oaxaca. Stiff yellowish-green foliage tints reddish in the sun, and a shiny multiple branched spike of yellow to red with pink flowers. An outstanding plant.
Note:It is suggested by the BSI that this is a natural hybrid of unknown parentage. I doubt that. The plants are abundant in habitat but of limited range and they vary little. I believe that this is just a large and attractive clone or possibly form of the species. The ‘normal’ form does not seem to occur within the range of ‘Cuicatlan‘.
Tillandsia concolor x roland-gosselinii
A spectacular hybrid of (concolor x roland-gosselinii). A large grower with fairly stiff, narrow leaves of dark gray, resembling a Til. fasciculata somewhat in an open rosette to about 24 inches across.
The inflorescence is nothing short of spectacular with five to seven, deep red, glossy branches on a scape that rises just above the center of the plant. Very long lasting in color. An exceptional plant!
From Argentina, grows as a saxicole on exposed rock or epiphytically in scrubby thorn bush, almost always forming large clusters. This caulescent species has a rigid stem and short, stiff leaves, all a dark grayish color, and bears large and very fragrant, white flowers.
A notably easy species to cultivate, tolerating a variety of conditions and light levels. Prefers to be kept bright, airy and on the dry side
Tillandsia fasciculata 'Tropiflora'
A large-growing Tillandsia that fits closer with fasciculata than anything else, with silvery-gray leaves to 24 inches long in a very large and full rosette. The inflorescence is massive, reaching well above the foliage on a thick scape, supporting a head of up to 20 fat bright-red braches up to 8 inches long and an inch thick.
The inflorescence lasts in good color for over a year. A likely natural hybrid of fasciculata x compressa that we got from Jamaica over 40 years ago.
Tillandsia fasciculata Central America
Tillandsia fasciculata. A Central American form with stiff greenish gray leaves in an upright rosette and a simple to branched spike of red, yellow or orange. Nice for mounting and will survive outdoors in Florida.