Since posting the article "My New Obsession", I've received several inquiries on Tillandsia's. For this posting, I wanted to write a few fun facts on Tillandsia’s and how they differ from other plants. I hope this answers many of your questions or curiosities. ;)
- Tillandsia's are named after the Swedish physician - Elias Tillands.
- Tillandsia's are members of the Bromeliad family.
- They grow on anything, they hang from anything.
- They grow upside down, right side up, or sideways.
- They grow on tree trunks, branches, shrubs, cacti, rocks, and cliff faces.
- They're root systems function to hold the plant stable, and not to absorb nutrients.
- There are over 550 different Tillandsia species.
- There are two major types of Tillandsia's: those with hard leaves, and those with soft leaves.
- Some but few are fragrant.
- It can take years for them to grow and mature.
- Sizes vary. Some are about an inch in height while others grow over 40 inches tall.
- Flowers tend to be tubular and range in color from purple, blue, white, pink or yellow.
- Reproduction is by seeds or by offsets called "pups".
- A single plant could have many "pups".
If you would like more information on Tillandsia’s or would like to make a purchase, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.