• Image of Tillandsia Air Plants
  • Image of Tillandsia Air Plants
  • Image of Tillandsia Air Plants
  • Image of Tillandsia Air Plants
  • Image of Tillandsia Air Plants

The 4 species of Air Plants (genus Tillandsia) available are as follows:

Tillandsia caput-medusae
An air plant after my own heart, the caput-medusae is a curly-leaved semi-mesic Tillandsia coming from various parts of Central America. This plant is aptly named after the Greek mythological entity Medusa, its leaves twisting and curling similar to Medusa’s head of snakes replacing her hair. Caput-medusae are great beginner plants that can withstand brighter, filtered sunlight. These fuzzy plants are usually a light to medium green with the occasional purple-red leaf margins.

Tillandsia bulbosa Guatemala
T. bulbosa are very unique looking plants hailing from Central and South America, with twisting darker green leaves around a bulbous base. The leaves resemble tentacles, and turn bright red just before the plant blooms. These mesic air plants prefer more frequent watering, a definite drying routine, and weaker indirect sunlight.

Tillandsia ionantha Guatemala
The most abundant of the air plants, Tillandsia ionantha Guatemala are some of the first plants people keep to start the descent into Tillandsia madness. These little spiky plants are predominantly lighter green until they go into bloom, producing reddish orange leaves with purple flower spikes. These semi-mesic guys appreciate bright light and watering more often, and will readily produce pups and can be left to their own devices to form clumps of plants.

Tillandsia butzii
Tillandsia butzii are similar to caput-medusae and bulbosa in terms of tentacle-like leaves, but the leaves of the butzii are longer, slenderer, and the base of the plant exhibits a darker and lighter patterning. These Central American plants prefer moderate indirect sunlight and more frequent watering, with extra attention to a full dry out after watering and placing back into their terrariums. They make beautiful, sophisticated show pieces in your home.

You will get a representation of the plant shown, not that exact plant. Once bloomed, all plants will begin to sprout pups (plant offsets) and the pups can be removed from the mother plant when they reach 1/3-1/2 the size of momma plant. A care sheet and hang tag on the plant with its scientific name come with each order. I also will be making myself available to you to answer any and all questions pertaining to care and growth of your new air plant! For Questions, email me at annamaria@hokumwares.com.