Tillandsia bartramii is named in honor of William Bartram an early naturalist and plant hunter, one of the first people to explore extensively in Florida where he documented and painted many plants and flowers and collected for his fathers Botanic garden.
Native to Florida as well as Guatemala and Mexico Tillandsia bartramii is a very easy species to grow, its vigerous and makes lots of offsets after flowering. It has grass like foliage similar to T. juncea and juncifolia, and produces a red flower spike with purple tubular flowers.
Here are some clumps of seedlings. Lots and lots of plants that can be divided and grown on, or left to eventualy form a large clump.
As always, the plant arrived perfectly packed. An interesting addition to my collection, it looks similar to a sea urchin. Thank you Andy.