22 responses to “Billbergia nutans”

  1. Ann Kent

    An exquisite photograph, Daniel. What a gift to find at the close of the work day on a chilly March afternoon in this expensive city. Regards, Ann Kent.

  2. Steve

    have had this bromeliad for many years and now living in Texas, it blooms during the late fall when temps start to turn cool. Especially nice when multiple clumps bloom!

  3. Mark Binder

    I really enjoy the focus point and exposure of this photograph. Nicely done Daniel.

  4. Jessica

    That is a stunning photo. I love closeups that show the beautiful complexity of plants. That’s a beauty! Thanks soooo much.

  5. Wendy L Cutler

    I like the archives by garden! Thanks for doing that and letting us know.

  6. David Tarrant

    Just adding my appreciation of seeing this outstanding image.
    Billgergia nutans was one of the first tropical greenhouse plants I encountered
    during my horticultural apprenticeship some 60 odd years ago.
    The formation and colours of the inflorescence are still magical to me
    Thank you for the post Daniel.

  7. Nette

    Beautiful photo and writing. I wish I lived there and could attend your lecture.

  8. Meyer Mary

    Spectacular picture. Thanks.

  9. Richard Jones

    I’ve always been told that a Bromeliiad, except those in the Tillandsioidaea subfamily, will only bloom once (monocarpic like the agave?) in their lifetime. Is this species the same or an exception. Its blooms are something out of a painting and to only bloom once, if that is the case, hardly seems ‘fair’

  10. Toinette Lippe

    I live in NYC and mine has bloomed every year around November, except for last year. The flowers are extraordinary, but they last only a few days and then drop off. Do other people have this dropping-off experience?

  11. Jean Blomquist

    This beautiful photo inspired me to finally write and say how much I enjoy Botany Photo of the Day–and have enjoyed it for years. Thanks for all your excellent work and for sharing both your love and knowledge of plants. Wish I lived closer to BC to attend your lecture! (I live in California.)

  12. Susan M Geer

    Lovely photo. Now I wish I had one for a houseplant. Where to find in NE Oregon?

  13. Susan Gustavson

    Richard, each rosette only blooms once, but new rosettes form easily, so it’s a good idea, once your plant has established, to cut out those rosettes that have bloomed to make room for the newer shoots. You should be able to have blooming rosettes every year. This is a plant that doesn’t mind being potbound.

    1. Richard Jones

      Thank you. Yes, how silly of me – many of these bromeliads are constantly producing flowers..

  14. Jane Campbell

    What a beautiful photo! Now I need to find this plant and paint it.

  15. lynn

    Thanks so much for this! I have a photo of it from a conservatory – I think NYBG – I will have to look. I neglected to find out what it was at the time, so now I know. AND, how cool that this can be grown easily in an apartment! Instant elegance! The photo is beautiful.

  16. Jude

    Apparently it’s not so common now. I’ve called half a dozen places here in Portland (OR) and nobody has it. I’d love to have one. Lovely flowers!

  17. Lola

    I had a version of this plant for 10 to 15 years that only got about 4″ tall. Unfortunately I lost all that I hadn’t given away during a hurricane in Florida last year (or year before?). I can’t find the tiny ones. Only species that is about 12″ tall with thin skinny leave or a full on bromeliad size that looks like any other typical green leaves from. It is new and hasn’t bloomed yet. Do you know names of different sizes Queens tears? Thanks! Love pic. I have been trying to get a good one for years.

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