The Agave most commonly called the 'Century Plant'. There are numerous forms, but the typical form is a fairly giant grower reaching 6 to 10 feet across in a rosette of wide, tapering, stiff leaves with prominent marginal spines and terminating in a elongated, sharp, stiff terminal spine. The plants are attractive with a gray, gray-green or glaucous coloration. Size is somewhat dependent on container size, and those planted in landscape will attain the maximum size. Very stately and widely used in landscapes world wide. Many plantlets or offsets are produced on stolons around the base for easy propagation. The inflorescence can reach 30 feet tall, after which the plant dies off. Grown all over the world, but native only to Mexico.
Billbergia vittata 'Domingos Martins'
Maybe the most popular and most sought after Billbergia species ever. This stunning cultivar has been the plant of choice for Billbergia hybridizers ever since its introduction by Bob Whitman in the ‘80s. Collected on ‘Kautsky’s Mountain’ near the town of Domingos Martins, it was originally describes as a new species; domingosmartinsis, but later made a cultivar of vittata.
With proper (hard) culture this plant becomes tightly tubular and its spiny, banded leaves show a great deal of white blotching. The inflorescence is amazingly showy. An outstanding plant in every way.
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 'Spanish Sunset'
Neoregelia 'Wine and Gold'
A cultivar of (chlorosticta x ‘Sunrise’) by Shane Zaghini. A smallish plant to about ten inches across in an upright, vase shaped rosette. The inch and a half wide leaves are dark purple marbled with bright green. A nice Aussie hybrid.
A surprising and unusual hybrid of (flabellata x utriculata). What a graceful beauty! The plant forms a large open rosette of narrow gray-green leaves and will reward you with an amazing inflorescence. The spike is about 24 inches tall in a pyramid of slender red, yellow and orange branches. Grow mounted or potted in a very well draining mix.
This hybrid by Bill Timm is a cultivar of (capitata ‘Domingensis’ x ‘Casallena’). A medium to large plant with an upright, flaring vase shape. The leaves are long and taper from about a half inch wide to a slender tip and are green with a somewhat blotchy purple veneer, coated with silver trichomes.
The inflorescence is taller than the leaves with long, leaf-like scape bracts and a large cluster of glossy, deep red braches held upright, and dark blue flowers. An handsome plant!
Tillandsia 'Miami Nice'
A handsome hybrid of (capitata x fasciculata ‘Magnificent’) by Steve Correale with a 20 inch spreading rosette of fasciculata-type foliage, stiff and rather narrow, reddish and showing some banding on the undersides. The inflorescence is a red spike of short branches reaching about 10 inches tall.
Tillandsia botteri x chiapensis
A large, stunning cross of botteri x chiapensis, by Steve Correale. Two species of southern Mexico, each a beauty in their own right. A large plant to about 24 inches tall with silvery leaves that taper to fine points forming a graceful vase shaped rosette.
The inflorescence is multi-branched, taller than the foliage, with many short, pink branches. This is the reverse cross of ‘Mixtec Treasure’ and does not much resemble that plant.
A caulescent, clumping species from Peru with stiff, erect, green leaves at almost right angles to the stem.
The inflorescence consists of a six inch spike of bright red with white flowers. A slow grower and reluctant bloomer but easy to grow under ‘typical’ Tillandsia conditions.
Tillandsia straminea 'Thick Leaf'
A variable plant found across the Andean valleys of Peru and Ecuador where the temps are hot in the days and cool at night and the wind is almost always blowing. A cluster forming plant that forms large masses of plants that have brilliantly white, silvery leaves and tall scapes with pink to lavender branches and large, very fragrant flowers. Many local forms exist from long and caulescent, short leaved and long leaved, thick and thin forms. There are smaller varieties and giant forms. This form is a ‘thick leaved’ form with leaves that are quite broad and thicker than some, lending a more robust look to the plant. The inflorescence is very tall, to almost 24 inches with a cluster of branches and many fragrant, two-tone flowers; white and lavender.
Tillandsia tectorum (clone #2)
This is a superior clone of the species that has been grown in cultivation from seed! This is a long and arduous process for any Tillandsia and especially such relatively slow species as these. A species supremely adapted to the harsh climate of the nearly rain free canyons of interior southern Ecuador and northern Peru.
The plants, resembling cotton candy, are covered with a heavy coat of silver trichomes giving them an otherworldly appearance. In nature the plants use their trichomes to capture minute amounts of moisture from dew and frequent fogs which provide their major source moisture.
The inflorescence is a spike with a cluster of pink branches and blue flowers. After blooming the plants produce a cluster of offsets at the base of the inflorescence. The plants require bright light, good air movement and little watering in cultivation. Maintain in bright light up to full sun, watering weekly is good but the plants must dry quickly. Do not allow them to remain wet for extended periods.
Tillandsia x guelzii
A beautiful, silvery plant in a leafy 10 inch rosette with a handsome, silver-dusted pink-orange inflorescence and white flowers. Resembles didisticha a little and is sometimes confused with pucarensis. Our plants came originally from the collection of Dr. Werner Rauh years ago.
FESTIVAL ONLINE THIS FRIDAY
Tropiflora's 20th Annual Spring Festival has postponed, so we will be hosting FESTIVAL ONLINE this FRIDAY, APRIL 3RD at 8AM EST! Don't miss it!