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Tillandsia ionantha

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tillandsia (til-LAND-see-uh) (Info)
Species: ionantha (eye-oh-NAN-tha) (Info)

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Epiphytes

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 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

Light Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Purple

Bloom Time:

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Burgundy

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:

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)

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

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

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Canoga Park, California

Costa Mesa, California

Hayward, California

Santee, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Bartow, Florida

Beverly Hills, Florida

Goodland, Florida

Miami, Florida

Port Charlotte, Florida

Punta Gorda, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Yankeetown, Florida

Broxton, Georgia

New Orleans, Louisiana

Salem, New Hampshire

Cleveland, Ohio

Tyler, Texas

Mazama, Washington

Seattle, Washington (2 reports)

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jul 14, 2012, mazmom from Mazama, WA wrote:

I have two small plants that I bought at the NY botanical garden two years ago while on vacation. They are inside in indirect light. I soak them once or twice a month. It never occurred to me to feed them until I read this week's discussion. Duh. Maybe now they'll start growing.

Positive

On Jul 9, 2012, one86pinestreet from Vero Beach, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Years ago I tucked one into an oak tree crevice on a shady path. It blooms once or twice a year. I spray it with the hose in passing & now & then splash left over orchid fertilizer on it. It's an eye-catcher when it's in bloom.

Positive

On Aug 25, 2011, nativelyeager from Brooksville, FL wrote:

They're gorgeous, 'tidy', easy, and do not go invasive. Caution: best not to place them where easily stolen.

Positive

On Apr 20, 2008, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This pretty little plant is often seen inserted into shells with magnets on the back. Tourists purchase them to put on their refrigerators, but fail to realize that the need moisture. They last a remarkable long time.

Positive

On Feb 7, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Nice tiny Tillandsia with great purple flowers in fall, and reddish leaf tips. Cultivation is easy as long as they don't get too cold or dark. Just glue/wire them to the understory of some tree where they may get some spray from a sprinkler, or get misted regularly, or keep in a greenhouse (seem to like more light than we normally get indoors, and a bit too dry for them). Wont flower in a greenhouse unless you cool them off in the winter. Native of Mexico and Central America.