Tillandsia Xerographica is an air plant species endemic to the Mesoamerican Regions of El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico. It is an epiphytic or lithophytic, acaulescent plant, from 20 – 60cm in height. It is one of the larger air plants in the Tillandsia genus.
A blooming Tillandsia Xerographica can reach a height of up to 100cm. The leaves grow in a spiral rosette, with each leaf about 15 – 75cm long and 6cm wide at the base. It is distinguished by being one of the gray Tillandsias of bigger size. The gray coloration of its foliage is because of the fine, hair-like outgrowths on the leaves, which help it absorb water and reflect sunlight.
This is an incredible species, and is sometimes referred to as the flagship of Tillandsias. It can live up to several decades old.
Tillandsia Xerographica is one of the most popular air plants. It is a must have addition to any collection and one of my personal favourites. This majestic air plant is a true giant. Xeros are considered a xeric species, i.e. they grow in areas with intense sunlight but also have to tolerate dry seasons with little or no rainfall for months on end. Xeros are listed on appendix II of CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) which means it is not as yet endangered in the wild, but could potentially be so unless trade is strictly monitored. Tillandsia Xerographica is a must have in any collection so do keep an eye out for this gem when you browse the nurseries. The added bonus is that they are really low maintenance and yet so rewarding as they are, in my opinion at least, one of the nicest Tillandsia out there!
When blooming it forms an inflorescence of 30cm long, with several spikes arranged in spiral. Flowers are 6 – 8cm long, and a pale lilac in color.
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: