Queen's-Tears, Friendship Plant, Queen's Tears

Billbergia nutans var. schimperiana

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Billbergia (bil-BERG-a) (Info)
Species: nutans var. schimperiana


Tropicals and Tender Perennials


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade


Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:



Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Winter

Blooms repeatedly


Grown for foliage




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; direct sow after last frost

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:

Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Montgomery, Alabama

Clovis, California

Huntington Beach, California

Mckinleyville, California

Merced, California

Napa, California

Ojai, California

Brooksville, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Alpharetta, Georgia

Thomasville, Georgia

Independence, Louisiana

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina

Houston, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

No details have been posted.