An all-time favorite from Brazil is about 6 inches across in a leafy rosette with stiff gray-green leaves. It produces a stunning blue-flowered, plume-shaped pink inflorescence in the summer. In nature this plant can be found growing on the restinga sands of beach dunes and in trees in the foothills of the Atlantic Range in Brazil.
Large clumps will form in just a few seasons, that can be hung from wires and will form perfectly symmetrical balls of many plants. One of the easiest and most prolific of Tillandsias to cultivate.
Our expert tillandsia grower spotted this clone mixed in with our very first batch of Tillandsia 'Eric Knobloch' and has been growing it, aside, for years. We finally separated it from the named hybrid and gave it it's own name. This clone of brachycaulos x streptophylla is darker and more purpleand just slightly smaller in size. An open rosette of light green, curling, silvery dusted leaves form a somewhat bulbous base. An inflorescence that has long, dark lavender blushing bracts and a tight cluster of violet branches rises about 5 inches above the foliage. A handsome, easy to grow and prolific plant.
Not the same plant as 'Silver Trinket' but the same parents (ionantha x chiapensis). A very leafy open rosette to about 8 or 10 inches tall with a pinkish blush to the scurfy, silvery leaves. The inflorescence is very colorful, a cluster of dark red - burgundy branches nested deep in the center, with large, tubular, inky-blue flowers. Very pretty and easy to grow. Likes to be on the dry side.
An impressive large growing plant from the area of Yosondua, Oaxaca, Mexico where it grows terrestrially on exposed rock. It rarely produces roots, but tends to grow in dense clusters, supporting one another or leaning on rocks for support. Superficially, it resembles a giant capitata, with many strappy leaves, gracefully recurving in a 24 to 30 inch silvery rosette.
The inflorescence is quite tall with a capitate head of long bracts and tight branches. In nature the inflorescence is red, hence the name, which means literally 'red head'. However, under our hot, humid, shaded conditions the colors are usually more subdued. This species is rare in cultivation.
A natural hybrid of (caputmedusae x limbata) from Guatemala. At about 12 to 18 inches, it is larger than caputmedusae but smaller than limbata. It has fairly wide, long and tapering silvery leaves that curl at the tips. A slightly bulbous base and upright growth, eventually producing a lovely red inflorescence that rises above the foliage with an upright cluster of branches. Quite attractive and long lasting in bloom. Does great mounted and will form clusters of plants.
Tillandsia stricta The soft-leaved form from Brazil. Mature at about 3 to 4in, has fine green to reddish-tinted leaves and will flower with vivid rose-pink bracts and blue flowers.
Tillandsia capitata 'Orange'
A large robust species with thick, leathery leaves is a rock dweller from central Mexico. Reddish foliage in an open rosette and a showy, tall inflorescence of orange. A choice plant that is easy to grow and can be potted or mounted.
A species with long very thin, grassy leaves, that are stiff, succulent and form a spreading, funnelform rosette. Closely resembling Tillandsia hammeri, it differs in being larger, more spreading, less silvery and stoloniferous. The inflorescence has more and wider branches but is more compact and taller, among other differences. Native to limestone outcrops near Nizanda, Oaxaca, Mexico, it was first collected by Ehlers and only described in 2016. The many leaves form an upright rosette to nearly two feet tall with an erect inflorescence of pink bracts and deep violet flowers.
A hybrid of (streptophylla x flabellata) that forms a slightly bulbous-based plant with upright, channeled leaves, recurving towards the tips. The inflorescence is a loosely branched panicle with a central spike and five or so additional, long, slender branches growing at right angles, pink going green at the tips. The foliage has a good coating of trichomes giving the plant a velvety feel. Easy to grow mounted or even potted in an orchid-type, fast draining mix.
Tillandsia funckiana 'Marron'
A robust form of this variable Venezuelan species. The cultivar name ‘Marron’ means brown in Spanish, but we do not see any brown in this plant. Perhaps it had a brownish appearance in nature. We have observed this plant at several locations in habitat and know that the plants vary quite a lot.
A cliff dweller that grows on rocks in full sun, in cultivation it will form a large cluster even to several feet across with time. Very nice, short, needle thin leaves that tint reddish in bright light and at anthesis. Flowers are blood red.
Tillandsia funckiana 'Giant Form'
This is a form of this lithophytic species from Venezuela that grows to nearly 10 inches tall, or at least generally larger than most other clones. Other than that it is typical, needle like ¾ inch long leaves on a long stem, silvery green, tinting red in good light and blushing deep red at the crown near anthesis. Flaring, tubular flowers are bright red.