Monday, February 11, 2013

Try a Friendship Plant For Valentine’s Day!

Billbergia nutans or Queen's-Tears is a bromeliad native to Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina. This plant makes a wonderful ornamental house plant. It tolerates under-watering, over-watering, heat, and some cold (but not freezing temperatures). The plant has foliage similar to that of a Day Lily with long, green, arching foliage.

Queen’s-Tears produce spectacular flowers combining colors of pink, blue, green, yellow, and purple

that bloom in February.

This plant is commonly also called the “Friendship Plant,” because it is easily propagated allowing it to be shared with friends or plant lovers. The Friendship Plant produces small plantlets called “pups” that are produced from rhizomes at the base by the mother plant. Individual pups can be removed and transplanted into new containers.

These will quickly proliferate to fill their container. You can then divide and transplant them into new colorful containers and gift them to your friends!

Contact the nursery at or by phone at 505-866-5027 to reserve one for your Valentine or stop by and pick one out!

Written By:
Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist

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