It is a medium size species, growing 15 – 23 cm across and about 14cm in height at maturity. It form a spreading rosette. The leaves are stiff and brittle. The flowers are bright yellow (an uncommon characteristic in tillandsias). It adapts well to a variety of conditions, but as with all species, one should keep in mind that light and water levels must be complementary. It grows more rapidly with high light levels.