Tillandsia Stricta

Tillandsia stricta is a popular air plant species that does well indoors. It is fun to decorate with as the plant has showy, green leaves and attractive pink floral bracts. Tillandsia stricta are evergreen, clump-forming, short-stemmed, epiphytic perennials with leaves arranged into thick rosettes. They are a compact species to about 10cm (4 inch) across.

This air plant is found growing throughout Central America on both the coastal dunes and the forests further up. It does well in different climates and will produce an impressive clump over several years. Tillandsia stricta flowers just once in it’s life, and thereafter several pups will offset from the mother plant.

It produces pink and white floral spikes during blooming and the flowers are rather showy, however, they only last one day. Tillandsia stricta is one of the fastest growing species in the genus,, and one need not wait long until another plant flowers.


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Tillandsia Stricta is native to several South American countries: Argentina, Brazil, Guyana, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela. It grows from all the way from the coastal dunes up to the trees in the foothills of the Atlantic Range. This spread has made the plant adapt accordingly, and one can find multiple different types of stricta depending on climate. They range from a soft leaved specimens to much harder, stiffer types, as well as, differing in color and size.

The air plant uses it’s roots to anchor itself onto other host plants. It is also found growing on the sand dunes, despite being an epiphyte. They absorb most of their water and food through the leaves.

The origin of this plant’s scientific name epithet (stricta) means ‘erect’ and describe the upright habit of this plant.

These plants are extremely adaptable, require low maintenance and can withstand some time of neglect. Thoroughly wet Tillandsia stricta once a week; more often in a hot, dry environment; less often in a cool, humid one. Soak them (fully submerged) for 30 minutes to an hour, then shake them and allow to almost completely dry before replacing them in their globe or any kind of enclosure. If the plant is boasting a flower bloom, do not submerge the actual flower (just the body of the plant) as the aesthetic appeal of the flower is permanently compromised. Do not pot Tillandsia stricta in soil, nor allow water to sit in the leaves for extended periods as rot may occur.


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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