Tillandsia harrisii has a red flower spike with many purple tubular flowers

 Tillandsia harrisii
     Native to Guatemala. This is one of the tillandsias on the CITES list. They are easy to find for sale in the states as seed grown plants - but are most often small and forced into blooming by Florel. I separated plants several years ago and now have many large, beautiful, lush plants. T. harrisii is a beautiful plant even out of bloom. In bloom, it has a tall red flower spike, with many purple tubular flowers. It is a xeric or dry growing species, and prefers bright light at least part of the day.