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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)

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

under 6 in. (15 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

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


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

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

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5 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mazmom 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 one86pinestreet 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 nativelyeager 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 MotherNature4 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 palmbob 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.


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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