Most varieties of Billbergia have hanging flowers. These flowers often come in a variety of colours such as purple, pink, blue, yellow, green or white and they grow from the centre of the rosette. Billbergias have fewer leaves than other Bromeliads. The leaves are sometimes flecked, striped, brightly coloured or simply green.
Billbergias flower briefly but often, but the flowers are usually very spectacular. Billbergias come from the tropical rainforests of Mexico to South Brazil and North Argentina. They are air plants that live on trees. When they fall from their host trees, they simply shoot out roots on the ground and continue to grow where they have fallen.