Airplants&Science26 May 2015 08:23 am

From Scientific American we get a Mexican Bromeliadt, only recently described!


Tillandsia religiosa, a solitary flowering plant with rose-colored spikes and flat green leaves, grows in rocky terrain in Morelos, Mexico. T. religiosa has long been known to native people of the region, who incorporated it into nacimientos (altar scenes depicting the birth of Christ) at Christmas. Yet scientists have only recently described it.

Photograph by A. Espejo


Airplants&Whippets15 May 2015 01:14 pm


Whippet, Domo and Airplants

Airplants02 May 2015 10:48 am


Tillandsia xerographica

Tillandsia xerographica

is a slow-growing, xerophytic epiphyte… making an attractive, sculptural rosette, 3 feet or more in diameter and over 3 feet high in flower…. The leaf bracts are rosy red; the floral bracts are chartreuse; and the petals of the tubular flowers are red to purple and are very long lasting…

Airplants26 Apr 2015 08:34 am


Tillandsia juncea in a slightly artsy pose. With blooms!

Airplants&Terrariums21 Nov 2014 11:56 am

Angela has been busy making a beautiful wall of Airplants and Terrariums for you.

Airplant Wall

You like it! You really like it!

Now, can you name the species in the picture. There are literally, not just sort of, but literally, 49 species of Tillandsia in this one photo. You may want to click to embiggen to get in real close and see them all. Enjoy!

Airplants25 Jul 2014 01:16 pm


Tillandsia didisticha is a Brazilian epiphyte in the Bromeliad family. These branched inflorescences are what we in the trade call, “stunning”.

However I warn you that they’re too big to put in a small terrarium, as much as you want to.

Airplants&Nursery23 Jul 2014 04:48 pm


Angela has been very busy today putting together our biggest Tillandsia selection yet.

Airplants for everyone!

Airplants&Blogs30 Jan 2014 01:39 pm

CactGuy has gotten around to marrying Dinosaurs and Airplants. Dinosaurs and airplants…. My favorites! Why, they should be in a museum!

Airplants&Reader Photos12 Jan 2014 06:55 am


From our reader Genn comes this photo if Tillandsia, glass and candles. Nice!.

Actually Genn isn’t a Cactus Blog reader, she’s my mother-in-law! Nice!

Airplants16 Oct 2013 01:34 pm


Tillandsia ionantha “Rubra”

I took this picture on Rikki’s back. She’s wearing a black hoodie! A very nice black backdrop.


And here’s some natural outdoor sunshine.

Planter by JFish, Jennifer Fisher Ceramics.

Airplants&Terrariums25 Aug 2013 09:55 am

mini terrariums

These aren’t as small as the very Tiny Terrariums I posted recently. But almost as small.

Airplants&Terrariums23 Aug 2013 06:55 am


Actually these are the Tiny Terrariums. The mini terrariums are 50% bigger!

Airplants&Nursery14 Aug 2013 10:44 am


Airplants08 Jun 2013 08:40 am

The secret of how I display Airplants in my own home.


That’s Bob’s fish tank in the background. Bob; that is the fish is Bob.

Airplants16 Apr 2013 06:43 am

It’s always interesting and exciting to find new places to stick and airplant. Like on a log!

tillandsia paucifolia guatemala

Tillandsia paucifolia “Guatemala”

Or in a handmade hanging ceramic tillandsia holder:

tillandsia ionantha rubra

Tillandsia ionantha rubra

And finally you can leave behind all the stuff and just admire the beauty of the airplant:

tillandsia harrissii

Tillandsia harrissii clump

Airplants&Plants07 Feb 2013 11:20 am


Our latest addition to our airplant collection is the beautiful and expensive Tillandsia mauryana. I wonder who this Maury was that this species was named after? The species is from Mexico and was discovered, and thus named, by L.B. Smith. Maybe it was named after L.B.’s father? Maury Smith?

Here’s a link to an official sample by L.B. Smith from 1937 in the collection of the National Herbarium of the United States National Museum.

L.B. also discovered and named Begonia foliosa var. miniata which is a very pretty hardy landscape begonia with small leaves. Annie’s sometimes grows it.

Airplants27 Jan 2013 02:58 pm

It had to happen. We’ve run out of posts for this new holiday I invented, Tillandsia Weekend, so it’s a good thing it’s Sunday.

Tillandsia Silver Star

Tillandsia stricta “Silver Star” is the last one. THE LAST ONE! Clearly I saved the best one for last. You can thank me now, or come by the store and buy them all. Every last one of them. I would appreciate it if you did. I would.

Airplants27 Jan 2013 08:56 am

OMG it’s already Sunday and it’s still Tillandsia Weekend around here at the Cactus Blog.

Tillandsia kolbii

Tillandsia kolbii is GORGEOUS! Pretty little thing. Still not as popular though as T. ionantha “Guatemala” which is similar looking but WAY more popular. LULZ!

I think I’m getting giddy from all these Airplants this weekend. GIDDY! ROTFL!

Airplants26 Jan 2013 11:15 am

Today is the 2nd day of our Tillandsia Weekend Holiday, so that makes it Tillandsia Saturday.

Tillandsia aeranthos bergeri

Tillandsia aeranthos x bergeri is a hybrid between two very different species. Can you guess what those two species are? I knew you could.

Airplants26 Jan 2013 09:53 am

Tillandsia butzii

Tillandsia butzii is very unusual and striped and bulbous. These are much larger than what we usually have available.

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