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Tillandsia ionantha

Air plant

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Features

  • BloomsMarch to October
  • Height0.1m to 0.15m
  • Spread0.07m to 0.1m
  • Growth HabitRosette
  • Flower ColourBlue and white, red
  • Leaf ColourReddish green

Description

Tillandsia ionantha (Air plant). This is a small stemless bromeliad which usually grows in thick clumps. It has a tight bulb-like rosette with narrow, heavily scaled, triangular leaves. The flowers are white-tipped, violet blooms, and will turn a brilliant red.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Epiphytic

Origin

Mexico and C. America

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers or overall appearance.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They are frost tender. You should plant in well-drained soil, sphagnum moss or on slabs of bark or driftwood.

Propagation

You can propagate from offsets or by division in spring to summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Aphid vulnerability when flowering.

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