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.