There are about 60 species of Billbergia, one of 40 genera that are commonly called Bromeliads. All Billbergia are native to Brazil but their range spreads both north, into Mexico, and south into Argentina.
Billbergia are primarily epiphytic, meaning they can grow on trees, or other things that provide support. They do not depend on their host for anything other than support. They are also happy in soil. They are very tolerant of temperature so long as they do not experience hard frosts. They can tolerate down to 26 for a short period of time, but any longer or cold and they will suffer damage. The best colors are when there is a 10-15 degree difference between night and day temps.
Billbergia do not require much water, but they do like high humidity.
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Name Derivation: Named for Gustav Johannes Billberg, 19th century Swedish botanist
Billbergia is in the family Bromeliaceae.