Friday, June 21, 2013

Tillandsia cyanea

Judy found out the name of my funky plant !



It's a Tillandsia cyanea or Pink Quill Bromeliad, a native of tropical Ecuador.
 
As an epiphyte or air plant, the Pink Quill has shallow roots and can grow without soil, though soil is useful for anchoring the plant so it will always be where you left it last :) It absorbs moisture through its leaves, not its roots, so watering is best done by spraying.
 
The mother plant has pups which can be separated and grown separately so you will have your beautiful bromeliad forever, if you want and it's an ideal plant to give as a gift or share with a friend. Each plant, though, takes a long time to produce a flower spike, so patience is needed.