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Tillandsia usneoides

Spanish moss

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Features

  • BloomsMay to September
  • Height0.8m to 1m
  • Growth HabitTufted
  • Flower ColourGreenish yellow, blue

Description

Tillandsia usneoides (Spanish moss). This is a pendent, epiphytic and rootless perennial, which grows 1m tall. It will produce inconspicuous, tubular, greenish yellow or pale blue flowers in late spring to early autumn. The incurved leaves are densely covered in silvery white scales.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

S. U.S.A, C & S America, West Indies

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers or overall appearance.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterSemi-moist

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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