{floral friday}

{floral friday #58}

Welcome to this week's {floral friday}!

The flower I'm sharing with you today I actually found at IKEA's plant department a few weeks back. They have some pretty plants every now and then - especially orchids (which I can't seem to get enough of, hehe).
This beauty in pink is called Tillandsia cynea. Also commonly knowns as pink quill.


A few facts about the Tillandsia cynea:

  • The Tillandsia cynea is also known by the name pink quill, air plant and blue-flowered torch.
  • Pink Quill is a member of the bromeliad family, and gets its name from the plume of bright pink bracts that last for months. {source}
  • The flower's origin is Ecuador where they grow in their native rainforest habitat.
  • Tillandsia are epiphytic, which means they grow on trees, without taking goodness from their host. {source}

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25 Kommentare

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    the cape on the corner
    Freitag, der 18. Mai 2012 at 15:57

    wow! what a neat plant-i’ve never seen that before. ikea, huh? interesting…..

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Samstag, der 19. Mai 2012 at 22:43

      IKEA really sometimes has some interesting flowers! ;) Aside from the candle section, that’s where I HAVE to stop by when hitting up our IKEA, hehe.
      Happy weekend!
      XO! Vanessa

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    Anne @ Domesblissity
    Freitag, der 18. Mai 2012 at 16:07

    Ah Vanessa! One of the first of your Flowers on Friday that I recognise. I love bromeliads and have quite a collection. I don’t have this one though but have seen it before. I love them for the hardiness, their beautiful coloured bracts or foliage. They grow well where I am in the sub tropics. Thanks for sharing. I would’ve hardly thought Ikea would’ve been the place to get them from. LOL

    Anne xx

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Samstag, der 19. Mai 2012 at 22:45

      Ohh, thank you so much for your kind words, Anne! You always put a smile on my face! ;)
      You’ll definitely need to stop by the plant section when you next visit IKEA. They sometimes have some beautiful flowers.
      Hugs to you!!

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    Hanne
    Freitag, der 18. Mai 2012 at 16:52

    Love the color of this flower! Mother Nature gives us beautiful gifts! Have a wonderful weekend!

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    {Adventuresindinner}
    Freitag, der 18. Mai 2012 at 17:46

    Oh wow! I’ve seen it at IKEA but had no idea that it bloomed. So pretty.

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Samstag, der 19. Mai 2012 at 22:46

      Honestly, I didn’t know it would bloom either, haha. It was a pleasant surprise! Such a beautiful flower. :)
      Happy weekend!
      xoxo! Vanessa

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    amy
    Freitag, der 18. Mai 2012 at 19:26

    ein witziges pflänzchen, seeeehr schön fotografiert … mein fotofavorit ist das zweite ;-)
    kuss mama

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    Cheri
    Samstag, der 19. Mai 2012 at 12:36

    That is beautiful.

    cheri

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    Jama
    Samstag, der 19. Mai 2012 at 13:44

    So unique! I don’t think I“ve seen it before.

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    julie
    Samstag, der 19. Mai 2012 at 19:21

    At first I though the flower part was paper and the leaves were fake grass. Then I read more and its a real plant. Do all the ends of the pink park bloom into the purple/blue flowers or just here and there? Well thanks for shareing, God bless you and yours. 1205love@gmail.com

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sonntag, der 20. Mai 2012 at 16:35

      The colors really look too vibrant to be real. But I promise, they are! Hehe
      The purple flowers bloom the whole way up the sides of the flower. Very pretty! :)
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Julie!
      I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Winnie
    Samstag, der 19. Mai 2012 at 21:54

    Beautiful flower – I loooooooooove the color!

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    Tina´s PicStory
    Sonntag, der 20. Mai 2012 at 20:42

    thanks for your lovely weekend flowers :)

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    Jody
    Dienstag, der 22. Mai 2012 at 22:25

    We have this flower too! Beautiful. Thanks for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Always good to have you stop by.
    Have a wonderful week!

    Jody

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    Debra Kapellakis
    Mittwoch, der 23. Mai 2012 at 07:56

    That is incredibly beautfiul.

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    Mary
    Mittwoch, der 23. Mai 2012 at 15:19

    I’ve never seen one of these plants before. It’s beautiful! We don’t have an IKEA in our area, but if we did, I’d be heading there to get one.. My only concern would be my 3 kitties. I’m afraid it might look a bit like a cat toy to them and I’d find it half eaten or shredded to bits. LOL Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos! ~Mary

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Donnerstag, der 24. Mai 2012 at 20:03

      Haha, I could see your cats thinking it’s a toy in that hot pink. ;)
      Thank you for your sweet comment, Mary!
      I hope you’re having a great day!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Jill
    Donnerstag, der 24. Mai 2012 at 02:36

    So beautiful it doesn’t look quite real! Amazing!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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