Billbergia saundersii is a small, hardy bromeliad that is effectively used in mass plantings. In late fall the plants all come into bloom at the same time, creating a spectacular display. Like many Billbergias, the flowers don't last long, but in large clumps of this species, there will often be a second flowering about a month later.
Individual plants only get about 8-12 inches tall, with an upright growth habit. In shaded areas they will have green leaves with white spots. In sunnier areas, the foliage will take on a pinkish or reddish hue.
This species is reportedly hardy to at least 20°F.