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Queen’s Tears (Friendship Plant)

© Shu Suehiro, published under Creative Commons licence


Order: Bromeliaceae


Scientific Name:Billbergia nutans

IUCN Red List status: Not Evaluated

Protected by the following WLT projects:



Bilbergia nutans is a popular conservatory and houseplant and can comfortably grow on a windowsill for years. It is slow growing, and can naturally grow as an epiphyte but also as a terrestrial plant.

It gets the name ‘Queen’s Tears’ from the droplets of clear, sticky nectar which are secreted from the blooms. Another common name is the ‘Friendship Plant’ as it produces offsets which can be divided and shared with others.

Threats and Conservation

WLT is actively involved in Atlantic Rainforest conservation in Argentina (Misiones Province), Brazil (REGUA Reserve) and Paraguay (San Rafael). To help save Atlantic Forest habitat, please support these projects.

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