A large, stunning cross of botterii x chiapensis, by Steve Correale. Two species of southern Mexico, each a beauty in their own right. A large plant to about 24 inches tall with silvery leaves that taper to fine points forming a graceful vase shaped rosette.
The inflorescence is multi-branched, taller than the foliage, with many short, pink branches. This is the reverse cross of ‘Mixtec Treasure’ and does not much resemble that plant.
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.
A nice hybrid by Bill Timm has unusual parentage: (fasciculata v. densispica x macvaughii). I do not know of another hybrid made with Tillandsia macvaughii. The plant is medium to large sized to about 24 inches across in a rosette of fairly stiff, arching, pale green leaves.
The inflorescence is on a stout, short scape with red bracts that forms many erect branches of glossy yellow. Very long lasting in color.
Tillandsia ixioides x tenuifolia
A small plant with grayish silver leaves in an upright rosette. It is clustering and has a short scape with bright pink bracts and yellowish flowers.
Native Brazil to Bolivia and Argentina is a cascading plant with tiny green or grayish leaves on little stems. Clusters are handsome and produce little yellowish flowers. A widely variable species in the subgenus Diaphoranthema, it varies from very slight, wispy foliage to sturdy, fat stems that can hang to 12 inches or more. Our clone is from Bolivia and is one of the smaller forms that forms clusters and grows fairly rapidly. Grows naturally as a lithophyte or and epiphyte and enjoys good air circulation. Our clone is ‘growing wild’ in our shade houses where the seeds often germinate on the screens.
Tillandsia fasciculata v. densispica alba
Tillandsia fasciculata is a widespread species and makes Florida part of its range. In Florida there are many color forms and amongst them is an alba form with a pinkish scape, white branches and white flowers. Not the brilliant red that earns it the local name of ‘Cardinal Airplant’, but still beautiful in a subtle way. A rare gem.
Tillandsia 'Curly Slim'
A cultivar of (intermedia x streptophylla) by Mark Dimmitt. A bizarrely delightful plant with uniquely curling leaves and a colorful inflorescence. Taking the best characteristics of both parents, it has wide, strap-like, extremely curling leaves, a bulbous shape and a long inflorescence with many curly scape bracts.
It will often offset from the inflorescence as does the intermedia parent and can form a chain of oddly twisting offspring. A choice plant for any Tillandsia lover and one of especially easy care. Grow bright and breezy and feed often for great fast growth.
Tillandsia 'Kiana Knuth'
A really nice hybrid of (hammeri x concolor ‘Cuicatlan’) by Bill Timm. What a neat combination, a tall, stiff leaved, upright plant crossed with a stiff leaved open rosette type with a beautiful inflorescence. It worked! This is a jewel with stiff, upright, very narrow foliage, and a showy, branched inflorescence that is upright, taller than the foliage and pink and green to reddish. Interestingly enough, both species occur in the same area of Mexico!
Tillandsia 'Blue Ice'
A hybrid of arequitae x stricta. A robust cross forming a very leafy, silvery-green rosette with a tall, unbranched inflorescence. The inflorescence has subtle pale peach bracts and large light blue flowers. A strong grower that likes bright light and airy conditions.
A Central American and southern Mexican species that forms a soft, silvery, 6 to 8 inch rosette that blushes carmine-red at anthesis, with large blue-purple flowers. Grow mounted in an airy location.
A small rock dwelling species that forms clumping colonies on rocky cliffs overlooking the Rio Chusgon near Huamachuco, Sanchez Carrion, Peru. Similar to Tillandsia tectorum and T. balsasensis, it is a tiny, clumping species with silvery, fuzzy leaves. Forming little cluster with many offsets, they look like little balls of silvery-white fuzz less than three inches across. The inflorescence is a scape about as long as the leaves bearing two to three flowers that are tubular with flaring white petals that are purple at the base. A showy little plant that requires good water and good air circulation.
A desert dweller from Peru where it forms dense mats of millions of plants on the dunes. In Peru they form massive 'carpets' on the desert sands. They are silvery little fellows that produce lovely purple flowers which may or may not be (depending whom you ask) fragrant. A small silvery plant that blooms purple. Cultivation is easy, grow mounted or simply hang on a string in a breezy, bright spot. Water infrequently and fertilize modestly.