Tillandsia bulbosa red form
From Guatemala. This cute little plant about 4 inches tall has a bright green bulbous base and twisted, wiry leaves that blush bright red when blooming. The inflorescence is a short scape with red branches and deep blue flowers. Grow shaded and moist for best results. Forms attractive clumps, can be grown hanging from a string. A must for every Tillandsia fancier. Good for terrariums too.
Tillandsia ionantha v. van-hyningii
This crown jewel of ionanthas, is a rare caulescent form from Sumidero Canyon in Chiapas, Mexico, where it covers the canyon walls in some places, by the thousands. This form has short thick leaves on a 3 to 6 inch stem and blushes a peach color when in bloom and forms large cascading clusters. The plant is very different from typical ionanthas, with a long stem that forms many adventitious offsets which can be removed and grown or left to form a large cluster. Very easy to grow, bright and airy.
Tillandsia tricolor v. tricolor
This species from Mexico and Central America is an upright growing plant to 12 inches and has a simple or occasionally branched, lanceolate inflorescence of red and yellow. Usually epiphytic, sometimes lithophytic in nature, it is easy to grow and a faithful bloomer with leaves that blush reddish in strong light. Suitable for terrariums.
Tillandsia ionantha 'Honduras'
A large growing clone of the ‘Blushing Bride’ from Honduras. Vase-shaped, with the leaf tips curving outward, reaching over 3 inches tall; big for an ionantha! Blushes brilliant red when in bloom.
Little rosettes form on six inch stolons, spreading out horizontally, eventually forming a large cluster. Depending upon light and fertilizer levels, the plants will be reddish-green to bright red. Less fertilizer and more light brings out maximum color.
This miniature species has never been properly classified but remains an extremely popular plant. Outstanding in hanging baskets, in landscape and in terrariums.
Tillandsia ionantha 'Mexican Select'
The classic ‘Blushing Bride’, one of the first forms of this species imported, and at one time the most abundant. Now overtaken by cultivated Guatemalan plants, which tend to be less colorful, the Mexican form is much sought. Growing to about two inches tall and wide, it will form large clusters in a short time (few years) and is very easy to grow.
Found from northern Mexico, within 100 miles of the Texas border, then south all the way to Guatemala. It is found mostly in semi-arid, deciduous forest where it can fill the limbs of trees by the tens of thousands. This form blushes very bright red at anthesis.