Tillandsia aeranthos, Brazil
These are descended from some original plants we imported from Brazil in the late 1960's. They have been very hardy, and have grown and multiplied in gardens all round New Zealand ever since. They flower every year in late spring, with long-lasting pink and blue flowers
Tillandsia aeranthos cv. Mini Purple
A form sold locally, with stiffer more silvery leaves
Tillandsia aeranthos grows on trees and rocks near sea level in Brazil, Uruguay, Ecuador and Argentina. Commonly called "carnations of the air."
In Ecuador, aerial parts used as an antispasmodic and for eye infections. Local name: "clavel del aire"