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Air Plant

Tillandsia spp.

Also known as

Air plant

Tillandsia mauryana (43971548) by James Ho (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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Advanced care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Air Plant Overview

Tillandsia is the largest genus in the Bromeliaceae family, containing approximately 630 species of bromeliads which are perennial, evergreen, flowering plants from South America and the West Indies. Commonly known as Air Plants, they are found in jungles, rainforests and arid desert environments, from sea level to high mountain regions. Usually the thinner the leaf, the more water is needed. Tillandsia can be air, rock or terrestrial plants. It is good to mist or water your air plants in the morning and make sure to shake off any excess water before setting them out to dry.

Common problems with Air Plant

Vulnerable to aphids while flowering.

Air Plant Companion Plants

Mostly planted on their own.

How to harvest Air Plant

Not usually harvested

How to propagate Air Plant


Break off a piece of the plant to grow in a new spot, division is best in spring.

Special features of Air Plant

Pot plant

Use a airy medium like bark or sand and hang up for best effect.

Hedge plant

Beautiful screens or çurtains are made from Tillandsias. Use a frame of wire or rope and allow them to grow undisturb for a long time.

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Air Plant

Grown for their flowers or overall appearance.


Grown for their beautiful foliage and flowers.

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