Billbergia nutans or "Queen's Tears"

 Billbergia nutans
     Commonly called "Queen's Tears", we've also heard it called the "Christmas Iris" (it is often in bloom in December). Nutans means pendant and refers to the arching pendant inflorescences. The plants are native to Brazil (+). The flowers are a wonderful combination of colors; the bracts are pink, the individual flowers are green and blue/purple. They are a beautiful addition to any plant collection!