Tillandsia Bromeliad, Air Plant, Blushing Bride, Sky Plant

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)
Synonym:Pityrophyllum gracile
Synonym:Tillandsia rubentifolia


Tropicals and Tender Perennials


Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Grown for foliage



Foliage Color:



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)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:

Medium Purple

Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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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


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:


On Aug 7, 2017, analen from Tamworth, NH (Zone 5a) wrote:

There are about 650 species of Tillandsia, perennial flowering plants in the Bromeliad family, commonly known as air plants. They are native to the southern United States, the West Indies (Caribbean), Mexico, and Central & South America.

If you live in a cold zone like myself, I grow them as house plants. Some people erroneously assume that because they do not need soil to grown in, they don't need water, just air. These are very easy to take care of as long as you remember to spray them regularly with a sprayer.


On Jul 14, 2012, mazmom from Prescott, AZ (Zone 8a) 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.