This large growing form comes mainly from Costa Rica. It has a bulbous base, green all over, shaped like an egg, with twisted wiry leaves. Bizarre.
Easy to grow mounted in a bright spot, out of full sun. Enjoys frequent watering and feeding for best results. This giant form may reach 10 to 14 inches tall or more with a base up to 5 inches long and two inches thick.
This is a different clone than our Giant Red Form
Tillandsia tenuifolia 'Rubra'
A robust form of this caulescent species from Brazil grows to about 8 inches long but can exceed 12 inches. Stiff, reddish leaves make this a handsome species and it easily forms large clusters. The inflorescence has pink bracts and white flowers. Both an epiphyte and lithophyte in habitat, it does well mounted or simply suspended from a string or wire.
Tillandsia 'Purple Passion'
A clone of (seleriana x tricolor) by Bill Timm. A unusual hybrid that produces a bulbous base with upright, terete leaves dusted with silvery trichomes. The inflorescence is branched, rose-red with blue flowers and emerges from the leaves to one side of the rosette.
Tillandsia 'Kaylan' (caputmedusae x baileyi) A cute hybrid with a nice mix of both parents. An easy grower, likes bright filtered light.
A large and showy cross of (variabilis x capitata 'Yellow') by Bill Timm. The plant can reach over 24 inches across in an open rosette shape with strappy, green leaves dusted with silver trichomes. The inflorescence is very tall, can exceed 24 inches and is yellowish with up to ten upright branches and long, narrow, leaf-like scape bracts. The overall look is pinkish to reddish-orange with yellowish sepals tipped in red. Flowers are long and tubular, bluish-purple.
Tillandsia [compressa x (capitata 'Peach' x fasciculata)]
This Tillandsia is a Bird Rock Tropicals hybrid, still unnamed as far as we can ascertain. A complex cross of [compressa x (capitata 'Peach' x fasciculata)] it has an open rosette shape with many stiff, silvery leaves to about twenty inches long forming a 30-inch rosette.
The inflorescence is a tight head of fat branches, glossy pinkish-red though we suspect our first bloom was not in fullest potential color. Flowers blue.
An impressive large growing plant from the area of Yosondua, Oaxaca, Mexico where it grows terrestrially on exposed rock. It rarely produces roots, but tends to grow in dense clusters, supporting one another or leaning on rocks for support. Superficially, it resembles a giant capitata, with many strappy leaves, gracefully recurving in a 24 to 30 inch silvery rosette.
The inflorescence is quite tall with a capitate head of long bracts and tight branches. In nature the inflorescence is red, hence the name, which means literally 'red head'. However, under our hot, humid, shaded conditions the colors are usually more subdued. This species is rare in cultivation.
A cultivar of (baileyi x ionantha ‘Druid’) by Margaret Paterson. Similar to ‘Califano’ but because the ionantha parent is the ‘Druid’ form, a yellow blushing cultivar, it does not seem to blush as red as ‘Califano’, though it does not blush yellow either.
A small grower to about 7 inches tall with a slightly bulbous base and narrow, flaring leaves. The plant is silvery with trichomes and blushes pinkish at anthesis with a short pink inflorescence and blue flowers. Will form a large clump in time.
Tillandsia 'Fancy Dancer'
An interesting an unusual cross of chlorophylla x fasciculata by Bill Timm. A colorful and robust hybrid with the foliage of the fasciculata parent, and an inflorescence heavily influenced by the chlorophylla parent. The resulting cross is much more robust and easy to care for than the chlolophylla which is a more mesic plant. This one is more xeric in nature and thrives in ‘normal’ Tillandsia culture.
The foliage is long and slender in a gracefully arching rosette shape and is silvery with trichomes. The inflorescence is a tall scape with ten or more glossy red branches and long bracts which are more leaf-like and grayish. The flowers are long and tubular, two-tone white and purple.
This plant has a bit of a history before becoming Tillandsia ‘Kashkin’. Having been collected in Bolivia some years ago by Michael Kashkin, it entered cultivation as simply Species Bolivia. Over the years as it passed from grower to grower, it went by ‘Caulescent jucunda’, ‘Fragrant Flower Bolivia’, and ‘Inca Gold’. Eventually Derek Butcher of Australia did the footwork to determine that the plant is likely a natural hybrid. Of what exactly is not known.
It is a slightly caulescent plant with stiff, narrow, silvery leaves, and a slightly branched inflorescence bearing large, yellow, very fragrant flowers. Easy to grow, it forms nice clusters and likes bright conditions and good air circulation.
Tillandsia ionantha 'Rubra'
A choice Guatemalan form that grows vase-shaped, with the leaf tips curving outward. Rather large for an ionantha, at about 3 inches. Light green, blushing brilliant red in bloom. A very nice form.
Tillandsia schiedeana large form, Totolapan, Oaxaca, Mexico
A lithophytic form of this variable and widespread species. Growing on exposed cliff faces near Totolapan, Oaxaca, Mexico, they form dense clusters of plant. The leaves are stiff and coated with a heavy layer of silvery trichomes. Unlike some similar species, the leaves are straight, not secund. The inflorescence is tall, a straight simple spike of red bearing tubular yellow flowers. Grows best mounted or hung from a string in bright, breezy condition so they will dry quickly after watering. An easy and prolific plant to grow.