Tillandsias Acostae Concolor
It is a hardy, stiff-leafed species with an altitude range of 150-1,200 meters. It grows in exposed habitats in Mexico to El Salvador. It is highly adaptable and tolerant of different care situations.
It forms a stemless, spreading rosette that can grow to 30 cm in diameter and 18 cm in height. Besides its sometimes similar appearance to fasciculata in the non-blooming state. They are easy to distinguish because the narrowly triangular, involute leaves are dull, olive green. The plant often incurs minor leaf damage when in transit because of its brittle leaves. For those who understand this, a couple of broken leaves is not an important factor in choosing a plant because tillandsia Acostae Concolor grows rapidly with good conditions. Among individual plants, the imbricate, slightly inflated floral bracts vary from green to cherry. Most often the bracts are a combination of the two, with the margins colouring red and the rest of the bract remaining green. The petals are ruby red. No other xeric tillandsia has the combination of this exquisite colour and large flowers. With numerous large spikes, one is assured of many blooms over a period of weeks. It also produces numerous offsets.
It flourishes under a myriad of conditions from very high light levels to shade. Watering should be consistent with the amount of light the plant receives. Bright light combined with a fertilisation program in the spring, summer and autumn will speed growth, produce a large flower, and encourage more offsets.