Common Names: Tillandsia, Air Plant

Botanical names: Tillandsia spp.

Availability: Year round

Vase life: Many months

Storage temperatures: Almost any

Ethylene Sensitive: No

Description: Tillandsias come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Some species have long, slender leaves, while others have broader, more succulent-like leaves. They can range from small, a few inches in size, to larger specimens several feet across.

Color: Plants, shades of grey and green. Flowers, shades of red, purple, pink, or yellow.

Botanical facts: Tillandsia, commonly known as air plants, are a fascinating genus of plants within the Bromeliaceae family. They're called "air plants" because they absorb moisture and nutrients through their leaves from the air, rather than through roots like traditional plants.

Design notes: Tillandsias have a distinctive appearance with their spiky, architectural shapes and often silvery or gray-green coloration. They add an exotic interest and texture to floral arrangements, contrasting with the softness of flowers and foliage. Tillandsias have a sculptural quality that can make them stand out as focal points or accent pieces in floral designs.

Purchasing hints: Look for plants showing no signs of damage.

Conditioning: Tillandsias require minimal care. Hold them in bright, indirect light with good air circulation.

Additional notes: Tillandsias are native to the Americas, primarily found in tropical and subtropical regions from the southern United States down to South America

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