The Q&A Archives: Tillandsias

Question: Can you tell me anything about the plant named

Answer: Tillandsia is a bromeliad, grown outdoors in the southwest and indoors elsewhere. These plants can be grown in pots of fast-draining, loose soil, or on slabs of bark. Leaf rosettes of some are bright green, and others are gray and scaly. Bright green ones require regular water; gray leafed varieties require bright light but little water. Two are most commonly grown:

Tillandsia cynea produces a rosette of bright green, arching, 1' leaves, and a flattened plume upon which violet blue flowers open, one at a time.

Tillandsia ionantha produces miniature rosettes of 2" long leaves covered with silvery gray fuzz. Small tubular flowers are violet, and at bloom time the center of the rosette turns red.

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