Tillandsia setacea, commonly called the Southern Needleleaf, is a species of flowering plant in the bromeliad family. This air plant is popular because of its long, thin leaves that turn a dark maroon when grown in bright light. The plant grows long, pine needle-like leaves that form into a clump. Tillandsia setacea blooms with magnificent lavender flowers, and can grow both indoors and out. Get this air plant today online with Glass Gardens.
Tillandsia setacea will grow in abundance on almost anything you place it on. Provided it receives sufficient light, adequate air flow and occasional watering. This air plant is long, with thin leaves, very similar to T.bartrami and T.juncea. Air plants with green, thinner leaves often require more frequent misting, especially in dry South African climates. Although please ensure not to over water or allow the plant to sit wet for extended periods.
The inflorescence produces typical sub-genus Tillandsia astor violet blooms. Like most Tillandsia, these air plants will die after blooming. But, before they do they will produce “pups”. These pups will match the parent plant and can be left to grow on the mount or can be broken off when mature and mounted somewhere else.
The leaves are green, with red/purple tips and they fit nicely into a terrarium or hanging globe.
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: