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Tillandsia cyanea AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Houseplant or Conservatory/Greenhouse

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H1a (heated greenhouse - tropical)

Colour

Flower

Pink and Purple in Autumn and Spring

Foliage

Red and Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

pink quill

Family

Bromeliaceae


Tillandsia are evergreen perennials, often epiphytic, forming rosettes of leathery, linear or strap-shaped leaves, and tubular or funnel-shaped flowers which may be 2-ranked in spikes with conspicuous bracts, or solitary and inconspicuous

T. cyanea is an epiphytic perennial with rosettes of evergreen, narrrow dark green leaves to 35cm in length, marked with red at the base, and flattened spikes of violet flowers from pink bracts in spring or autumn

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade

Aspect

  • West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in containers of terrestrial bromeliad compost, with the base of the leaves at or just below the surface, in bright filtered light. Grow outdoors in coarse, open, leafy soil in partial or dappled shade in frost-free area

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Neutral
  • Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed or detach offets in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Aphids may be a problem

Diseases

Generally disease free