Air Moss, Air Plant, Tillandsia
Tillandsia tricholepis

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tillandsia (til-LAND-see-uh) (Info)
Species: tricholepis (try-ko-LEP-is) (Info)

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Epiphytes

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Evergreen

Silver/Gray

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

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

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Jul 24, 2011, olddude from Big Pine Key, FL (Zone 11) wrote:

Native to Brazil to Bolivia and Argentina.

Positive

On Oct 18, 2003, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This isnīt a moss, but a bromeliad, although most people wouldnīt say it... and a bizarre one. Instead of having long and broad leaves, and a very short stem, this plant has a very long stem and short leaves. If it wasnīt uncommon enough, this is an absolutely aerial plant, needing no soil at all.

The leaves are densely covered with specialized white hairs that helps on water and mineral absortion directly from the air, making the foliage more important than roots on that function. The stem grows hanging from the fixation point, reaching up to 20cm long. The inflorescence is discrete, bearing 3-5 white flowers that perish quickly and are hardly noticed. The seed pods produce abundant hairy seeds.

All it needs is some air movement, regular watering, moderate te... read more