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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 12
Plant Height: 3 to 4 inches
Plant Spread: 3 to 4 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Leaves are typically gray, gray-green, or white
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Suitable Locations: Terrariums
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Epiphytic

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Posted by mw236 (Summerville, South Carolina - Zone 8a) on Jan 5, 2013 12:13 PM

My first tillandsia to bloom! :D

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 13, 2013 6:00 AM

The silver-colored base of this small Tillandsia is very attractive. It has intense violet flowers and when in bloom, the plant turns red.

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Plant Events from our members
dnrevel On October 18, 2018 Obtained plant
Obtained at Trader Joe's during the Halloween season. Is the most carefree plant I've had. Does well in spite of occasional neglect, as long as it has a location with some light and some humidity.
srinehart On February 8, 2019 Obtained plant
Purchased from Logee's
hlutzow On August 20, 2019 Obtained plant
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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