Tillandsia secunda (Tillandsia) - A terrestrial or saxicolous (growing on rock) bromeliad from the mountains of Ecuador. The plant forms attractive rosettes 12-24 inches across of silver green narrow arching leaves. The inflorescence is an erect rose red scape with side branches, all bearing violet colored downward facing flowers. The name 'secunda', meaning "one sided" is in reference to the way the flowers all are dorsally attached and face downward. After flowering, numerous offsets are produced on the flower stem. Plant in full sun (coastal) to light shade and can be grown attached to rocks, wood or in a well-drained soil where they will grow faster and larger. Water frequently.