Bilbergia nutans

Reference : BIL-NUT-000

Billbergia nutans is an exotic plant in the Bromeliaceae family, also known as billbergie penchée, or poetically as "Queen's tears". Native to southern Brazil and Argentina, this plant has found its place as a houseplant in Europe. Although its popularity declined for a time, it is now attracting renewed interest.
Indeed, its ability to withstand outdoor conditions suggests that it could be grown outdoors. This Bromeliad will undoubtedly add a charmingly exotic touch to any garden. When grown indoors, Billbergia nutans is an easy-care perennial.


Billbergia nutans, also known as Leaning Billbergia, is a member of the bromeliad family, closely related to the pineapple. Native to southern Argentina and Brazil, this botanical species is tolerant of light frosts and able to withstand the sun. Its development is characterized by slow growth in the form of broadly spreading clumps of basal leaves, accompanied by regular production of shoots.

How does Billbergia nutans flower?

The flowering period, which generally extends from June to September, is marked by an abundance of flowers. The inflorescences of this perennial, measuring between 50 and 60 cm in height, emerge from rosettes of leaves and then disappear. Each flower stalk features several large, bright fuchsia-pink bracts. These bracts frame an arching spike of tubular flowers, pink at the base and adorned with green and blue striped petals. These petals curve outwards, revealing long yellow stamens that add a touch of warm color to the whole. The sword-shaped leaves are a glossy dark green with olive-green tones. Arranged in a rosette, they form a natural water reservoir in the center. In mild climates, these leaves persist on a robust plant down to around -5°C.

How to grow Billbergia nutans?

Billbergia nutans is best grown on a terrace, in a large pot filled with potting soil. In periods of severe frost, it can be placed under cover in a greenhouse or veranda. This is undoubtedly one of the most elegant and light Billbergia species, with a ruffled appearance reminiscent of certain grasses, and delicate flowering in a variety of hues. In regions with milder winters, it can be planted as a solitary plant in the open ground, on neutral-colored mulch, or in a shady rockery in a protected position between large stones. It can also be harmoniously combined with sedges or lamiers at the edge of undergrowth.

Type of use
Flower Bed - Pot or Tray - Rocaille
Dominant colour
Type of Flower
Average height
Flowering period
Decorative foliage
Frost Resistance
High resistance
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