Common name: Billbergia
Native to: Southern Mexico, West Indies, Central and South America
Billbergia is a genus of flowering plants in the familyBromeliaceae, subfamily Bromelioideae. The genus, named for the Swedish botanist, zoologist, and anatomist Gustaf Johan Billberg. They are rosette-forming, evergreen perennials, usually epiphytic in habit, often with brilliantly coloured flowers and come in a myriad forms. Some are epiphytic, while others are terrestrial. They add form and structure and a burst of colour wherever you plant them!
Native / exotic: Exotic
Aspect: Full sun to partial shade
Flowers: Bright flowers coming from the centre of the rosette
Foliage: Evergreen rosette
Growth habit: Rosette; some terrestrial others epiphytic
Hardiness: Hardy but not drought resistant
Height: Up to 40cm
Spread: Up to 40 cm
Soil requirements: Prefers moist well-drained soils. Keep well mulched
Uses: Rockeries, vertial wall gardens and borders, depening on the species.