Tillandsia magnusiana is a wonderful species from Central America where it grows as an epiphyte in forests and on scrub.
This species is a particular favorite of mine, it ticks all the boxes. T. magnusiana has lovely soft, long leaves covered in tiny hairs (trichomes) and arranged like a pin cushion. The flower bud is stocky and maroon in color and the flowers which are quite long protrude from this bud. After flowering this bud will become a seed pod. When the pod splitts open it is black inside and reveals masses of fluffy white seeds that pour out hoping to be caught by a breeze. This species is easy to grow, flowers and pups easily usualy making one or two pups, clumps of a few adult plants tend to fall apart, but that just gives you more plants. Tillandsia magnusiana can be grown in the highest light levels as long as it recieves a good regular soaking/heavy misting and good air-movement so it dries quickly. Here it will grow quicker and can color up a little when in the flowering process.
Here i have a few large flowering size plants and some delightful half size plants for sale.
Good sized plant. Love the grass like leaves. Great website.