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Billbergia sp., Bromeliad Queen of Tears, Friendship Plant

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Billbergia zebrina fruits
 Billbergia sp.
Family: Bromeliaceae
Subfamily: Bromelioideae
Bromeliad Queen of Tears, Friendship Plant
Origin: Mexico, Argentina and Brazil
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftSemi-shadeEpiphyteRegular waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersOrnamental foliageRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowers

Billbergia was established as a genus in 1821 by Thunberg. The name is a tribute to the Swedish botanist Gustav Johannes Billberg. The flowers range from virtually colorless to deep violet, some are night-bloomers and a few are fragrant. According to the petal habit Billbergias are divided into two groups: billbergia, in which the petals recurve slightly and helicodea, in which the petals coil back like a spring. The seeds are contained in hard berries just below the flowers. Pups are produced on short stolons so that a clump forms quickly. Billbergias in habitat are generally epiphytic and may also grow on rock. In culture some (B. nutans, B. pyramidalis) also thrive as terrestrials in ordinary (well draining!) garden soil. They prefer a small pot. Billbergias are usually grown "hard"—strong light to enhance leaf coloration and markings, little or no fertilizer to ensure that the plant does not outgrow its optimum size and color.

Most bromeliads are epiphytes in their native rainforest habitat. They have small roots, mainly used for anchoring themselves on trees, so these tree-dwelling plants gather moisture and nutrients through their leaves. You can encourage bromeliads to flower by adding a pinch of Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) to the water or fertilizer. Keep it in partial shade. Water the center of the rosette and keep room-temperature rainwater or distilled water in its urn (center of the rosette) at all times. Water soil just enough to keep the roots barely moist. Empty old water from the urn once a month and promptly replace it with fresh water. Do not soak base of plant, which can lead to root rot. In fall and winter, keep the soil slightly drier. Soil: orchid mix.

Billbergia have been crossed with Cryptanthus

and the resulting hybrids Cryptbergia are intermediate in habit between the two genera. See Bromeliad page.


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 Billbergia sp., Bromeliad Queen of Tears, Friendship Plant

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Billbergia pyramidalis - Flaming Torch

Billbergia sp., Bromeliad Queen of Tears, Friendship Plant

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Billbergia pyramidalis
Billbergia sp., Bromeliad Queen of Tears, Friendship Plant

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Billbergia pyramidalis - Flaming Torch
Billbergia sp., Bromeliad Queen of Tears, Friendship Plant

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Billbergia sp., Bromeliad Queen of Tears, Friendship Plant

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Billbergia pyramidalis var. concolor
Billbergia sp., Bromeliad Queen of Tears, Friendship Plant

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Billbergia sp., Bromeliad Queen of Tears, Friendship Plant

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Billbergia velascana
Billbergia sp., Bromeliad Queen of Tears, Friendship Plant

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Billbergia sp., Bromeliad Queen of Tears, Friendship Plant

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Billbergia pyramidalis
Billbergia sp., Bromeliad Queen of Tears, Friendship Plant

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Billbergia rosea
Billbergia sp., Bromeliad Queen of Tears, Friendship Plant

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Billbergia zebrina
Billbergia sp., Bromeliad Queen of Tears, Friendship Plant

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Billbergia pyramidalis
Billbergia sp., Bromeliad Queen of Tears, Friendship Plant

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Billbergia pyramidalis var. concolor
Billbergia sp., Bromeliad Queen of Tears, Friendship Plant

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Billbergia sp., Bromeliad Queen of Tears, Friendship Plant

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x Cryptbergia Rubra
Billbergia sp., Bromeliad Queen of Tears, Friendship Plant

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Billbergia rosea
Billbergia sp., Bromeliad Queen of Tears, Friendship Plant

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Billbergia sp., Bromeliad Queen of Tears, Friendship Plant

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x Cryptbergia
Billbergia sp., Bromeliad Queen of Tears, Friendship Plant

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Billbergia braziliensis


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This bromeliad is very rare in cultivation and hard to find. This species is native to Bolivia and Brazil. This species must be considered one of the more spectacular and desirable of the larger growing, hummingbird pollinated Billbergia's in the Heliconidae section. Individual growths are strikingly narrow and upright, forming artistic, trumpet shaped vases. Mature growths flower reliably in a years time. The inflorescence carry bright pink bracts, below which hang the contrasting rich purple flowers. These are fresh seeds which can germinate in only a few days after planting. They are best planted being barely poked into a medium which contains peat-moss and/or finely milled sphagnum, as they require light for germination. Kept moist in a sealed bag or terrarium initially, seedlings develop amazingly quickly, and older plants will take more sunlight than the majority of bromeliads. A wonderful species who's seeds are otherwise impossible to find commercially.
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Billbergia virdifolia - seeds

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This bromeliad is very rare in cultivation and hard to find. Flowers are showy, bright purple to blue, drooping.
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