Probably the most widely-planted bromeliad in Florida is Billbergia pyramidalis. It has been passed from one person to another for generations and multiplies rapidly in the landscape.
The flowers on an individual plant last less than a month, but nearly all the plants will come into bloom at the same time, creating a stunning display during the long hot days of late summer. This Billbergia is equally happy as a terrestrial or epiphyte. When planted in the ground, they quickly create large clumps, and when planted at the base of a tree, will slowly climb the trunk. Here is a group planted on a stump in full sun.
Billbergia pyramidalis is virtually indestructible and requires no care whatsoever as a landscape plant. In heavy shade, the foliage will be a rich, dark green, while in sun the leaves are a bright yellow-green. They are very cold-tolerant and are usually only damaged if a heavy frost settles on the leaves. Even then, they quickly recover and bloom reliably each summer. There will sometimes be a stray plant or two that blooms out of season, but the overwhelming majority of plants coordinate their blooms for a spectacular show!