The King of Air Plants
Tillandsia xerographica is a slow-growing, xerophytic epiphyte. The silvery gray leaves are wide at the base and taper to a point making an attractive, sculptural rosette, 90 cm (3 ft) or more in diameter and over 90 cm (3 ft) high in flower. The inflorescence, on a thick, green stem, 150–380 mm (6–15 in) in height, densely branched. The leaf bracts are rosy red; the floral bracts are chartreuse; and the petals of the tubular flowers are red to purple and are very long lasting (months).