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.