The Billbergia genus can usually be identified by the shape of the rosette, which is typically tubular and narowlly funnel or vase-shaped. The foliage is often spotted or banded with complex patterns or bright colors. The pendant inflorescence is in a form of a spike that lasts for 2 weeks. Billbergias are highly recommended for beginners because they are easy to grow. Try them in a hanging basket, they look beautiful when viewed from below as the light shines through the leaves.