This plant is one of the rarest Tillandsias in Colombia and has always been in demand as a collector item. Shaped like a green sea urchin about three inches across, it produces a single vivid red flower, then offsets, forming a clump. An epiphyte in medium altitudes, it does well at sea level. Tillandsia andreana is another of the genuine collector items of the genus. Today it is grown from seed, but in years gone by, was only rarely available outside of Colombia from where it was said to have been occasionally smuggled in the robes of a Jesuit Priest, and sold for quite high sums. This lovely little species is a golf ball sized tuft of yellow/green leaves that sports a giant, single red flower. Will form large clumps which bloom enmasse.
Neoregelia 'Chiquita Linda' x 'Fireball'
A cross of two colorful, stoloniferous miniatures. Forming somewhat upright, bulbous based rosettes to for inches or so on stolons 3 to 4 inches long. The color can range from bronzy with tiny pepper spots and some barring of red to solid reddish with the spots nearly obscured. Good for mounting, hanging pots or terrariums.
Neoregelia 'Little Rascal'
A new release for 2017 from Chester Skotak, (cross information not yet published). It’s a beefy medium sized mini. The leaves are green with white margins and at 1.25 inches are a bit wider than most of the other new releases.
The foliage has tiny red speckles and red bands throughout.
Neoregelia liliputiana x 'Blueberry Muffin'
A cultivar of liliputiana x ‘Blueberry Muffin’ by Michael Kiehl. A cute miniature that has the look of a mini ‘Blueberry Muffin‘. Cute little upright vases of light green, suffused with random fleck and bands of reddish-brown. Very attractive, making showy little clusters and does well in terrariums too.
Neoregelia 'Grace's Avalanche'
Grace Goode’s cross of (lilliputiana x ‘Winter Bloom’). Small growing with an ampoule shape, stoloniferous growth and compact foliage. Yellowish green with abundant speckling above and nice bold banding below.
Neoregelia 'Golden Pheasant'
A nice-looking miniature by Andrew Devonshire of New Zealand is a cultivar of ampullaceal x ‘Pheasant’. A stoloniferous plant with an ampoule shape and red colored leaves with yellow broken bands. The yellow color becomes more intense with brighter light and ‘harder’ conditions and the red with yellow coloration makes a good contrast. Good for a hanging pot. Mature size is 5 inches tall and 6 inches wide.
A colorful miniature Neo. by Grace Goode is a hybrid of (punctassima x liliputiana). A very small grower to barely 4 inches tall in an upright, funnel form rosette shape. Leaves are light green which is almost completely obscured by red spots, blotches and bands on both sides of the leaf. The foliage is rather stiff with tiny marginal spines and an apiculate tip. Offsets are on short stolons.
A small, somewhat tubular species with fairly stiff leaves, glossy green on the upper side and banded with silvery-gray on the underside. The apiculate leaf tips and throat are slightly purple. The large flowers are white.
This nice miniature by Paul Wingert is a cultivar of (‘Dartanion’ x ‘Punctate’). Small growing with broad leaves of heavy substance. Red veneer over green. The light green shows through in square, large spots that form concentric bands. Leaf tips are red.
Neoregelia 'Sun Ball'
A hybrid by Lisa Vinzant. We notice that this plant is not currently registered, and that there is another plant by the same name by the late Jim Elmore. This plant is a nice small grower, basically an improved Fireball of which this is almost certainly a hybrid of. A nicer plant than Fireball, with a more leafy rosette and better shape and with a dark candy apple red coloration. Same stoloniferous habit as Fireball. A very nice plant and good terrarium subject.
Neoregelia 'Chiquita Linda'
A tiny jewel of a plant. Small ampoule-like rosettes of greenish leaves, speckled with red, form stoloniferous clusters. Rarely grows over 3 inches tall. The name aptly means ‘Little Pretty’. Great clumper! Good in hanging pots and popular for terrariums.
Neoregelia punctatissima rubra x tigrina
A miniature Neo hybrid by Lisa Vinzant of Hawaii, is out of the same grex as her hybrid; ‘Popoki’. Like ‘Popoki’, it has inch wide leaves with rounded leaf tips and 6 inch long stolons, is about 6 inches high and 8 inches across. Reddish overall with red banding. Offsets readily, good for terrariums, mounting and basket culture.
Neoregelia 'Bric a Brac'
A nice miniature cross of Little Beauty x Fireball by Grace Goode. Little rosettes of speckled green leaves that blush reddish in good light. Offsets are produced on short stolons.
From the southern tip of Madagascar, this little miniature develops a caudex that can reach 4 inches across. The plant stays short to about 8 inches tall, with a greenish-pink cyathia. Described by Rauh and Petignat in 1996. An unusual and rare miniature Madagascan Euphorbia.