Tillandsia caerulea

Tillandsia caerulea

Air plant

  • Botanical name: Tillandsia caerulea
  • Common name: Air plant
  • Family: Bromeliaceae
  • Plant Type: House plant, Evergreen
Flower colour:

Purple

Foliage colour:

Silver

Commonly known as air plants, the genus Tillandsia includes a diverse range of mostly epiphytic plants that, in their natural habitats, survive attached to other plants. Their lack of a substantial root system means they’re rarely grown in pots with soil, and instead are attached to cork bark or rocks, or can even be placed singly on a windowsill.

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Tillandsia caerulea is rather slight in appearance, with tapering silver stems and leaves. The flowers of this species are lavender-coloured and appear on the end of long, wiry stems.

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For best results, grow Tillandsia caerulea in bright light out of direct sun. An airy spot is ideal as this species doesn’t like to stay wet for long after watering. Water by misting every few weeks or by dunking the whole plant in water, ideally rainwater.

How to grow Tillandsia caerulea

  • Plant size

    25cm height

    10cm spread

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Plant care: Avoid strong sunlight, brightspot-not direct sunlight, ideal for a bright conservatory, mist leaves regularly

Tillandsia caerulea and wildlife

Tillandsia caerulea has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Tillandsia caerulea poisonous?

Tillandsia caerulea has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Tillandsia caerulea