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Air Plant, Hanging Torch
Tillandsia stricta

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tillandsia (til-LAND-see-uh) (Info)
Species: stricta (STRIK-tuh) (Info)

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Epiphytes

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Pink

Purple

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Evergreen

Silver/Gray

Leathery-Textured

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

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

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

Regional

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

Brea, California

Deland, Florida

Fort Myers, Florida

Miami, Florida

Vero Beach, Florida

Lake Jackson, Texas

Richmond, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Mar 3, 2012, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Rating neutral as a new plant for me. Will be growing in a terrarium.

Positive

On Feb 14, 2005, agedog1 from Vero Beach, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Bought three of these at the Vero Beach Gardners show on 2/5/05. They are lovely. Have them sitting on my Christmas Catsus. All three are blooming and the pink and white brackets are lovely.

Positive

On Feb 6, 2004, Monocromatico from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil (Zone 11) wrote:

This is the most common natural bromeliad in Rio de Janeiro, and maybe the most abundant brazilian species of Bromeliaceae. Even in large and high urbanized cities like Rio you can find many of those growing on trees confortably and, like now, blooming.

This is a small plant, with a rosette of curved, fibrous, grey leaves. Unlike other bromeliads (and like most Air Plants), the middle of this rosette is unable to acumulate water. Instead, the leaves are covered with umbrela-shaped hairs that collect water and nutrients from the air (which leaves the roots useless on that matter, only used for holding a support for the plant). These hairs are what give the leaves the grey looking color.

The blooms come in the middle of the plant, with a 20 cm long, often pendul... read more