The bromeliad is a tillandsia - in the same family as those gray, fuzzy things known as "air plants" that seem to be everywhere these days.
One reason "air plants" are so popular is that they're very easy to grow - that is, they're very forgiving plants.
This guy doesn't need soil, so will be very happy sitting in the middle of this grapevine wreath for quite some time.
It only asks to have water kept in its cupped center of leaves, and a misting now and then.
Quite a little trooper, isn't it?
The plant came from a family that has been growing on our San Francisco deck for years - it regularly sends out a long spike with flowers that turn into small plants, that send out spikes and flower and turn into plants - well you get the idea.
This week I'm off to visit....
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