Tillandsia xerographica is a slow-growing, xerophytic epiphyte. Because of its full and striking shape, it is a favourite among florists and designers in tablescapes, floral arrangements, and even wedding bouquets. Their impressive size and spherical shape have even inspired brides to use them on their own as a simple, modern alternative to a full bouquet. It typically grows to around 90cm tall and wide, producing light green to silver-grey, linear foliage which curves backwards. Flowers are arranged on spikes, these are approximately 40cm tall and the flowers are tubular and coloured red-purple. These are surrounded by modified leaves known as bracts, they are coloured green in this species.