(Night Princess Flower)
Deep purple flowers poke out from fuzzy reddish buds in summer and autumn on the night princess flowe. The vibrant blooms look almost electric against the gray-green hairy leaves that are often flushed with tones of red. A small evergreen tree or shrub from southeastern Brazil, this species is densely branched and develops a rounded habit with age.
The oval leaves of this princess flower are medium to dark green and covered in many short gray hairs. Once mature, the leaves may develop a reddish...
(Glorybush, Princess Flower)
Princess flower is a tropical evergreen shrub or small tree with magnificent royal purple flowers. The Brazilian native is often grown as a tender perennial in more temperate climates because it offers beautiful flowers and foliage throughout the warm season.
The bushy shrub has large, oval-shaped, velvety leaves with several deep, parallel veins. New leaves may be red or bronze hued. Branches are green to tan, fuzzy, square and somewhat brittle, so be careful when working around it. Beautiful,...
(Bulbous Air Plant, Dancing Bulb)
The bulbous airplant develops a rosy pink blush on its curvaceous leaves before the purple flowers appear in spring. This frost tender evergreen bromeliad hails from southern Mexico and the West Indies southward into northern South America. Native populations also exist in the most southerly reaches of Florida. It is an epiphyte, which means its tiny roots attach to other plants for support. In the wild, it exist in thin, drier canopies of lowland forests, and the curious onion-like bulbous base...
(Threadleaf Air Plant)
The soft, silvery green, filament-like leaves of threadleaf air plant are made more beautiful by its delicate spring flowers. Native to the mid-elevations of southern Mexico and Central America, this frost-tender perennial bromeliad is an epiphyte (grows upon another plant for support). It naturally inhabits tropical forests and only requires moderate humidity for good growth.
Threadleaf air plant forms a central rosette of thread-like, light green leaves that extend outward in a radial display....
(Sky Plant, Violet-flowered Air Plant)
Sky plant is a miniature bromeliad native to forested regions from Mexico and Central America. It is an epiphyte, which means it grows in the upper branches of trees where it receives some sun.
Its pointed, lance-shaped leaves are round in circumference and crowd together to form dense rosettes. They are covered with gray-green, tiny, shield-shaped hairs (trichomes) which collect water and nutrients for the plant and give it a dusty appearance. When the plant is ready to flower in winter or...
James H. Schutte
(Twisted Air Plant)
An evergreen, frost-tender bromeliad from southern Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, twisted air plant is an epiphyte (tree grower) with silvery white or green leaves that twist downwards. It grows anchored on tree trunks and branches where it receives bright light and flushes of rainfall.
The plump rosette of leaves are ghostly gray-white during the cool, dry season and light green during the rainy growing season. They are comprised of twisty leaf blades that are wide at the base and taper to...
(Upright Air Plant)
Once of the showiest clump-forming airplants, upright airplant's fine, light gray-green foliage nests the coral-pink flowering bracts in early summer before the blue-purple flowers emerge. An evergreen, frost-tender perennial bromeliad, it is an epiphyte--not growing in soil but growing upon another plant to collect light, water and nutrients. This species is native to eastern South America from the islands of Turks and Caicos across Brazil to northern Argentina.
The clustering plants are a rosette...
(Rock Airplant, Roof Air Plant)
Resembling something between a spider and centipede with white legs, roof airplant has very narrow leaves that are lined with fuzzy white hairs. It is a frost-tender perennial bromeliad from the higher elevations of the northern Andes in South America. Unlike many other Tillandsia species, it is better adapted to areas with lower humidity and more intense sunlight. It is a lithophyte, which means it naturally grows on rocks.
Roof airplant forms a rosette of wiry leaves that slowly elongate...
Mark A. Miller
(Graybeard, Spanish Moss)
Large trees draped with Spanish moss bring to mind beautiful landscapes of the American South. Often mistaken for a lichen, Spanish moss is in fact a tiny bromeliad. It is an epiphyte (tree dweller) that produces long, hanging strands of wavy, pale gray-green foliage that dangles from the branches of trees without doing them harm. Spanish moss is an evergreen, perennial that exists across a very broad geographic area, from the southeastern United States southward to Argentina.
The long, dangling...
Forest & Kim Starr
(Pride of Bolivia, Rosewood)
Feathery bright bluish-green foliage and showers of sunny blooms make this semi-evergreen tree a popular choice for subtropical and warm desert gardens. It is best suited to regions with marked wet and dry seasons similar to those of its native central South America.
This broad, flat-topped, medium-sized tree bears compound leaves with numerous narrowly oval leaflets. The leaves are partially shed during dry periods. In spring and early summer, loose drooping clusters of small golden- or peachy-yellow...