The Tillandsia Vernicosa species is commonly found in Bolivia, Argentina, and Paraguay. The name “vernicosa” means “polished” which refers to its floral bracts. The Tillandsia vernicosa is a medium sized plant that can grow up to 10-12 inches in diameter. In the wild you might see stunning clumps of vernicosa growing up in trees.
Tillandsia Vernicosa plants are generally dark green to grey and will blush different shades of purple depending on how much light that they receive. These plants will emit an inflorescence that produces bright orange, yellow, and red bracts which emit delicate white flowers while in bloom. The colorful inflorescence can last for months and can be cut off to promote pup formation if preferred.
Vernicosa plants easily create offsets/pups and will grow into an impressive clump if left to grow.
Since these plants have stiff dry leaves, they could be considered xeric, which means that they can withstand more light and less water.
These plants lend well to use in home decor due to their impressive blooms and larger size. These can even be mounted in tree branches outside where they will thrive (if you live in a warmer climate).