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.
Starting at: $10.00
Billbergia 'Poquito Mas' (Fantasia x Poquito Blanco) is a compact bromeliad growing to about 11 inches tall in a tubular form with many stages of color. The plant develops heavy white blotches with a red veneer. The inflorescence is on a spike of bright red bracts forming yellow flowers with purple petals. Growing on short stolons this billbergia will form a nice clumped grouping in a 6" pot. Though the bloom length is only less than a week, timely blooms may be ready by Thanksgiving and or at Christmas time. A great plant worth experimenting with to see how much red hues you can bring out depending on light levels and water PH.Learn More
Starting at: $16.00
Billbergia 'Hallelujah' ('Domingos Martins' x 'Ed McWilliams') is a bromeliad known for colorful foliage. Although the red, white, and blue blooms are showy enough, it's the stunning blends of red, pink, purple, and white on the leaves that gets everyone's attention. Reaching about a foot tall, it develops best color in bright light conditions over time. In other words, it likes filtered sun for part of the day. Flowering can happen at almost any time during the year, and like most Billbergias, the inflorescence fades within days. Very pretty when the sun shines through the leaves.Learn More
Starting at: $20.00
Billbergia 'Darth Vader' (La Noche x Domingos Martins) is a recent release by Lisa Vinzant of Hawaii. The tubular foliage is quite remarkable as the leaves turn almost a black color with silver bands and small blotches showing characteristics of it's parent Domingos Martins. Grows up to 16 inches tall blooming a green spike with purple flowers. A sought after plant that sure stands out. Try potting 'Darth Vader' in a 10" or wider pot and let it cluster out. Does best outdoors in bright filtered light.Learn More
Starting at: $8.00Billbergia 'Casa Blanca'. Growing 2" tubular broad foliage to about 17 inches tall. The color takes time to develop, as with many billbergias. When mature, the ivory base has green marbling throughout, with an overall pink wash. Learn More