Tillandsia Butzii


Tillandsia Butzii is found growing naturally from Southern Mexico to Panama. It is recognizable from it’s bulbous base and spotted, wavy leaves. This air plant almost looks like an octopus and  is a popular air plant to place inside a seashell and hang with string.

The air plant has very few leaves in comparison to other species. The leaves are a dark green with purple and red shades of color throughout.

Tillandsia Butzii can grow in medium to high light conditions and clumps readily. Because it is not covered in dense trichomes like other Tillandsias, it requires more frequent watering or higher humidity conditions. Grow this air plant horizontally or vertically.  Great addition to any project involving long lasting plants. Mist with spray bottle every week to keep it alive and growing!


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Tillandsia butzii’s bulb-like base is referred to as a pseudo-bulb (meaning “not true”). This is likely where rot can occur, and so the air plant is most commonly grown upside down or on its side. Tillandsia Butzii looks like an octopus with its thin, fickle leaves and speckled base. Both characteristics make it an unusual air plant.  Its flower clusters are wisp-like, with dark, purple petals.

Tillandsia butzii can get to 18cm in height and 35cm in width. This air plant is not covered in dense trichomes (fine hair-like outgrowths) like other air plants, and thus requires more humidity and moisture.

Tillandsias // Air Plants

We have an extensive collection of Tillandsias. They are an incredible epiphyte that grows naturally in Central and South America. They are simply magical and do well as a standalone piece or displayed in a terrarium or mount. These are some of our favorites:

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