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 0.3m 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.