Quill-leaf, Cardinal Air Plant, Wild Pineapple, Clustered Wild Pine
Tillandsia fasciculata

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tillandsia (til-LAND-see-uh) (Info)
Species: fasciculata (fas-sik-yoo-LAH-tuh) (Info)

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Epiphytes

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Red

Pale Yellow

Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Blue-Green

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bartow, Florida

Big Pine Key, Florida

Boca Raton, Florida

Bradley, Florida

Fort Myers, Florida

Miami, Florida

Mims, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Sebring, Florida

Stuart, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

show all

Gardeners' Notes:

5
positives
3
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Mar 13, 2015, Kathykay7 from Mims, FL wrote:

I had no idea what this was in my crepe myrtle tree, it turns out it is a quill leaf air plant. It is getting big so I almost pulled it out of the tree and threw it away. I will keep it now.
I have done nothing to grow it, it is just wild.

Positive

On Mar 16, 2009, zadigadabop from Winter Park, FL wrote:

In my area (N. Orlando) this plant seems to thrive in some areas and be non-existent in others. One area this plant is everywhere, falling with tree limbs and all. I brought some home and unless "glued" down, the squirrels will rip it apart for nesting material.

Positive

On Apr 6, 2005, CATSLARSON from Miami, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

I have many happily growing and blooming attached to the persistent leaf bases of phoenix dactylifera hybrid, phoenix sylvestris and livistona decipiens (palms) mixed with tree ferns where moisture collects. They get no special care. I collect after they fall to ground from natural hammocks where they prefer to live in oak trees.

Positive

On Aug 21, 2004, xyris from Sebring, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Tillandsia fasciculata (the var. densispica) is pretty common in most cypress swamps from near Orlando southward through Florida. Its endangered status is more due to the potential that the populations could be decimated by the weevils than to inherent rarity or even the likelihood of removal by collectors. There is a lot of it in Polk and Highlands counties.

Positive

On Jul 29, 2004, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

The Cardinal Airplant, or Quill-leaf Wildpine, is native to the cypress swamps, sloughs, and hammocks of central and southern Florida in zones 9, 10a, 10b, 11 and below, including throughout the Keys. I have this plant from a neighbor growing in a hanging pot leaning against one of the branches it is hanging on in the Strawberry Guava (tree) in my front yard. It grows well and tolerates little water. It has a beautiful red-and-yellow-striped, pointed flower shoot. This plant is an epythitic that grows into and on the trunks and limbs of trees in the wild, especially Live Oaks and the Bald and Pond Cypresses. Sadly, this plant is declining due to the Mexican Bromeliad Weevil attack, as well as habitat destruction and some collecting, and is now listed as endangered. However, there are still... read more

Positive

On May 25, 2004, TamiMcNally from Lake Placid, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Endangered in Florida

Neutral

On Feb 13, 2003, lisabar from barcelona
Spain wrote:

Normally this plant is glued to a piece of wood and no soil is needed. All nutrients is taken from the air. You can find liquid nutrients to mix with water and spray it on the plant. Need a lot of humidity as it is a tropical plant.

Neutral

On Sep 24, 2001, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

There are quite a few species of air plants. All are epiphytes. Nutrients are taken from falling organic debris and rainfall caught in the leaves. Many air plants are on the Florida State Protected Plant List as endangered or threatened.