Tillandsia aeranthos (eye–RAHN–thos) grows epiphytically from near sea level to several hundred meters in Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, and Paraguay. It has a preference for mature tipa trees (Tipuana tipu) and tends to grow singly or in small clusters of two to a dozen plants. It is very similar in appearance to T. bergeri but a look at the blooms of the two will show how different they are. Also, T. bergeri will often have several offsets growing from the base because it offsets all year round unlike T. aeranthos that is more typical of the genus and it generally offsets after the blooming cycle.
This is one of the mainstay species and while it is relatively common, it blooms like clockwork every Spring an d it produces a vibrantly colorful inflorescence. Hummingbirds love this plant!