Tillandsia Magnusiana


Tillandsia Magnusiana is a graceful, soft-leaved air plant that closely resembles a pincushion because of it’s ball shape. The thin, light-green leaves are covered with gray fur-like hairs called trichomes. This is responsible for it’s light, fluffy complexion and acts as a light reflector.

This air plant originates from Mexico and can be found growing at altitudes of around 1000 – 2000 meters. Tillandsia Magnusiana can also be found in Honduras and several other parts of Central America.

Because it comes from a hot, drier country, it can do particularly well in South Africa. The plant has specialized hair-like outgrowths called trichomes, which reflects up to 70% of light.

Tillandsia Magnusiana is a wonderful, little air plant, which blooms a dark purple flower with yellow stamens. It has a maroon-red spike from which the flower comes out of. This air plant prefers good light, and requires an area with air movement ( close to a window, or outside).

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Tillandsia Magnusiana is an easy-to-care-for air plant that can grow well in a variety of different climates. The air plant prefers good light, and because of the trichomes (gray hairs on the leaves) can manage to thrive in very bright, hot conditions. Tillandsia Magnusiana can be grown horizontally – attached to a piece of cork or wire – this prevents water gathering at the base of the air plant, which may lead to rot.

As T.magnusiana is a smaller species of plant, it requires more frequent watering. One can spray the plant thoroughly two to three times a week. Especially in the hotter months. Alternatively, a good soaking once a week or every alternative week, perhaps in water mixed with liquid fertilizer, will help maintain the plants color and growth.

This wonderful species of air plant produces an unusual short blade shaped inflorescence with purple tubular flowers and can take on a lovely reddish-maroon blush in strong light.

Our species of T.magnusiana are around 7cm in height. They are a particular difficult species to get hold of and are well worth adding to any garden or collection. In time they will flower and produce offsets, and leave you with a very attractive clump.

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Dimensions 5 x 5 x 7 cm

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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