My favorite bromeliad blooms once a year

Commonly known as "Queen's Tears" or "Friendship Plant,"
this bromeliad billbergia nutans brightens my dining room
each year at the end of January with its beautiful blooms.
Originally from
Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay,
it's a very hardy tropical plant which requires little care beyond watering,
and spends the summer quite happily out on my patio in filtered sunlight.
This particular specimen is over 30 years old.

(I took this unretouched photograph January 30, 2012)

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