Answer: I'm guessing your gift plant is either a Tillandsia with a flattened flower head and grassy like leaves, or Vriesea, with an upright spike-like flower head and arching, strap-like leaves. The care for either plant is the same: provide average household warmth (minimum 50F in winter), and bright light but not direct sunlight. Provide good drainage and water when the soil begins to dry out. Mist the leaves during the summer time and feed every 6-8 weeks with a half-strength dilution of liquid fertilizer.
You can cut away the flower head when the color fades. A new flower will develop next year.
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