General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 20 inches (50cm)
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruiting Time: Winter
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Flower Time: Winter
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Groundcover
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Epiphytic

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Common names
  • Queen's Tears
  • Bromeliad
  • Friendship Plant
  • Hardy Queen's Tears
  • Hardy Friendship Plant
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Billbergia nutans
  • Synonym: Billbergia nutans var. schimperiana

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Location: Tampa Bay, Florida 
Date: November 
Queen's Tears (Billbergia nutans)
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-11-15
Location: My garden near Lincoln UK
Date: 2008-06-15
It grew well and survived in a cold greenhouse until winter 2010/
Location: Portugal
Date: 2019-01-20
Billbergia nutans (Queen's tears)
Location: Kyle, TX
Date: 2022-02-19
Really amazing colors
Location: Portugal
Date: 2019-03-07
A big clump of billbergia nutans on a palm tree in my garden...
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida 
Date: 11-12-2022
The Autumn bloom is the best!
Location: Portugal
Date: 2019-01-17
Billbergia nutans (Queen's tears)
Location: Houston, TX
Date: February 2013
Location: NC Zoo
Date: 2020-01-01
Location: Houston, TX
Date: February 2013
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2018-12-02
Queen's Tears (Billbergia nutans) 006
Location: Portugal
Date: 2019-01-29
Location: Summeville, SC

Date: 2022-12-04
Photo by pinkiris
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2019-01-25
Bract is pink, bloom is green and blue, stamen is yellow
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2016-02-07
Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VA
Date: 2016-08-24
Photo by Henhouse
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-11-15

Photo Courtesy of Secret Garden Growers.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2016-01-01
Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VA
Date: 2017-06-24

Date: 2022-11-30

Date: 2022-11-30
Young Billbergia nutans starting to bloom
Location: My Property Sunset Zone 23 Fallbrook California
Date: 2012-12-21
Location: Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA
Date: 2018-12-09
A Christmas tree made mostly of bromeliads

Photo by Leo Michels

Photo by Leo Michels
Location: San Clemente
Date: 2020-01-27
Location: My windowsill
Date: 2017-01-19
Location: My windowsill
Date: 2017-01-19
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2022-01-02
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-12-23
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida 
Date: November 
These broms grow in the boots of a cabbage palm
Location: Sugar Mill Gardens, Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2013-02-01
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2019-01-13
Location: Chapin, SC
Date: 2017-01-19
Location: Chapin, SC
Date: 2017-01-19
Location: Saint Helena Island, SC
Date: 2014-12-01
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2017-01-18
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-09-27
Location: San Clemente
Date: 2020-01-27
Such colors!
Location: Emerson, AR
Date: 2017-10-09
Queen's Tears - Bilbergia nutans
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-06-25
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-11-01
Location: Austin ,TX
Date: October
Location: My Property Sunset Zone 23 Fallbrook California
Date: 2012-12-21

Date: 2017-01-19
The coloring of this bloom is amazing.
Location: Chapin, SC
Date: 2017-01-19
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-03-23
Blooms over winter in basement.
Photo by LAGardengirl
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-12-27
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2013-03-16
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2012-03-29
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2012-03-29
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2014-12-17
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2013-03-30
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2014-09-29
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-03-03
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-12-19
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2014-07-19
Location: my garden 
Date: 2013-10-24
Location: Plano, TX
These seedlings took 18 days to germinate.
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2012-03-14
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2012-03-14
Location: Sugar Mill Gardens, Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2012-08-22
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-04-10
over wintered in basement under fluorescent lights
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 2013-08-27
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 2013-08-27
Location: Chapin, SC
Date: 2017-01-19
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-07-15
Location: Chapin, SC
Date: 2016-09-23
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 11/29/2010
a young B. nutans offset
Location: my garden side front
Date: 2015-04-02
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2014-02-26
New offset
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-12-27
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2012-02-26
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Comments:
  • Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Mar 17, 2013 8:37 PM concerning plant:
    Pendulous flower clusters on long stems can bloom any time of year.
    To force flowering - enclose plant in a plastic bag with a ripe apple (ethylene gas stimulates flowering process) for 7 to 10 days. Will flower in 1 to 2 months.
  • Posted by sallyg (central Maryland - Zone 7b) on Sep 30, 2019 7:19 AM concerning plant:
    I have been growing and dividing potted specimens for several years now, until now I have five medium-large pots of it. I keep them on my deck in summer. Tree frogs hide in the pools created by the leaf rosettes. Each new rosette will bloom once, then create two side shoots, and decline. So you do want to periodically cut out the older leaves and rosettes, or divide. Tough roots, don't count on pulling by hand, I think I had to saw them apart, I used an old electric knife blade. But the plant never blinked an eye. I keep them inside over winter here in zone 7.
Plant Events from our members
piksihk On October 11, 2016 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
piksihk On March 19, 2015 Bloomed
jmorth On February 3, 2016 Bloomed
Blooming in 2 containers, 1 under fluorescents, the other is under a sodium arc lamp, in cool basement. Containers taken outside for summers.
Rec'd in a trade from Calif. many years ago.

jmorth On March 3, 2015 Miscellaneous Event
Flower buds forming well in 60° under fluorescents in basement.
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