Skip to main content
A picture of a Air Plant

Air Plant

Tillandsia capillaris

Also known as


Tillandsia capillaris 1 by Nikolin rio (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Air Plant Overview

Tillandsia capillaris is one of the few self-pollinating miniature air plants, this species from Chile is native to the coastal areas where it grows on large cacti. Its clump-forming habit makes it a popular choice. Produces delicate, 3 petalled, white flowers and grey-green foliage covered in small white hairs.

Common problems with Air Plant

Generally disease free, Slugs & snails can be a problem if placed outside in summer. They can also suffer from aphids & mealybugs.

    How to harvest Air Plant

    Generally not harvested.

    How to propagate Air Plant


    Place the plant in a bowl of water for two or three hours to hydrate it. Gently spread the leaves of the plant to reveal the pups at its base. Separate the pups from the parent plant by gently pulling the plants apart at the base. Put the pups into the bowl of water as you separate them from the parent plant. Mist the pups each day, in the morning or early afternoon. Tillandsias are nocturnal and respire at night, which means they breathe in carbon dioxide at night. If the leaves are covered with a film of water, they cannot absorb the gas from the air.

    Special features of Air Plant

    Indoor plant

    Attractive leaves


    About usCareersPrivacy policy

    Candide is your guide to visiting UK public gardens. Find the best gardens, buy tickets and enter with just your phone. Download the app for offline tickets, community access and more.

    Terms & ConditionsCode of Conduct

    © 2023 Candide

    Made in Bristol