Tillandsia is a genus of evergreen, perennial flowering plants commonly called airplants. They are mostly epiphytes growing without soil while attached to other plants. Generally, the thicker the leaf, the more tolerant they are of drought conditions. Tillandsias are very hardy, and require much less attention than other house plants. Propagation is by seeds or by offsets called “pups” which can be separated when about 2/3 the size of the mother plant. The flowers are generally small. The plants are monocarpic which means that they die after blooming. Tillandsia tricolor var. melanocrater is a species airplant which is native to southern Mexico and central America. It is thought by some to be synonymous with the straight species Tillandsia tricolor, but not by everyone where some believe it is a naturally occuring variation. It produces tricolored flower stems, with purple tubular flowers. It has stiff green foliage which turns a blush red when ready to bloom.

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It requires moist air.

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It has no serious pest or disease problems.

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