Central America and Mexico
It likes warmer, humid conditions but will do just fine in a dryer environment with regular misting do not allow water to collect in the leaf bases as this will cause the plants to rot. Good ventilation is a must Feed with dilute liquid fertilizer fortnightly.
Ionanthas are valued for their spectacular bloom coloration and production of "Pups" that they grow from their base.
Tillandsia ionantha rubra air plant has tufting silvery rosette & remains smaller than 4 inches in height. Tiny trichotomous leaves are around 2 inches in length.
Ornamental plants which are great for attracting birds.
Air plants need regular sprinkling of water on their leaves. However once a week, air plants need to be submerged in water. Take a big enough container and fully submerge your air plant for 3-4 hours. Once soaked, you need to dry them off completely! Hence shake them and put them on a soft towel. Place them under a bright spot for 2-3 hours so that there is no excess water on it. Make sure to dry them or air plants get a root rot very quickly.
Bright filtered or indirect light is ideal for air plants. Morning sun is healthy for the plants, however afternoon sun can quickly burn the leaves. Use a fertiliser once a month in the water when you soak the air plants to keep it healthy.