Common name: King of air plants
Native to: Mexico and Central America
Tillandsia are evergreen perennials, often epiphytic, forming rosettes of leathery, linear or strap-shaped leaves, and tubular or funnel-shaped flowers which may be 2-ranked in spikes with conspicuous bracts, or solitary and inconspicuous.
T. xerographica is an evergreen, epiphytic perennial ultimately reaching a height and spread of up to 90cm. The light green, silvery-grey, recurving leaves are wide at the base and taper to a point forming a tight rosette. Flower spikes, up to 40cm tall, bear tubular red-purple flowers which emerge from green bracts.
Native / exotic: Exotic
Aspect: Partial to full shade; will tolerate full sun in very moist and humid environments. Best in bright, filtered light. Must be sheltered.
Flowers: Up to 40cm tall on a spike, bearing tubular red-purple flowers emerging from green bracts
Foliage: Light green, silvery, recurving leaves, wide at the base and tapering to a point, forming a tight rosette.
Growth habit: Epiphyte, hanging from trees or rock or secured to a piece of bark.
Hardiness: Requires maintenance; misting every day and soaking in hotter months.
Height: Up to 80 cm
Spread: Up to 80 cm
Soil requirements: Air plant; no soil
Uses: Attractive growing through shaded tree branches or as art of a vertical wall with other Bromeliad species.