So why did we decide to carry Tillandsias in our rock shop? Well, not only do they fit with our theme of “real earth creations”, they are unique, and they are independent. In nature, they typically live on other plants, but don’t harm them in any way, because they get their nutrients directly from the air and rain, and only use their roots for anchoring (epiphytes). Many of them produce beautiful fragrant flowers and propagate by producing babies, called “pups”. Now really, what other plants give you cute little baby pups?
Tillies (for short), are a genus of over 650 species of evergreen, perennial flowering plants in the family Bromeliaceae and are cousins to the pineapple and other bromeliads that do have ground roots. We regularly carry between 30 and 50 of these species in our store and are always on the look out to bring in new and interesting varieties.
Over time, we will introduce you to each of the varieties we bring into the store, along with some of their unique characteristics. But my very next post will be on care and feeding.
For now, can you guess what kind of air plant is in the picture below? And did you know that it was an air plant? I’ll share more about this fascinating specimen in an upcoming post.
Authors: Jerry & Lisa Griffin
When it comes to "real earth creations" there is no limit to the options of things that draw our interest. But with the limit of time and space, we can only do so much. Tillandsias are one of those fascinating creations that we just have to make time and room for.