Tillandsia Aristocrat (Tillandsia ionantha x Tillandsia bourgaei)
Origins: John Arden hybrid
Bloom: Short compound inflorescence producing several short red bracts that barely escape the upper foliage, produces purple tubular flowers. Upper leaves produce a beautiful red blush
Light: Strong indirect or filtered light
Water: Spray or dunk twice a week, allow to dry within 6-8 hours. Soak monthly to rehydrate up to 2 hours as necessary. Be sure to thoroughly dry base after soaking to avoid rotting
One of John's more stunning and unusual crosses. As is typical of any ionantha cross, these genetics heavily dominate the hybrid. Tillandsia bourgaei adds to the fun by giving the plant beautifully recurved leaves and many bracts during bloom. This plant isn't for everyone, but for serious collectors this is one you have to have!