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Tillandsia cyanea 'Anita'
  • RHS AGM

An evergreen epiphytic perennial with rosettes of long, narrow green leaves to 35cm in length, marked with red at the base. Produces flattened spikes of pink bracts with vibrant blue flowers in spring or autumn

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink Blue Green Red
Summer Green Red
Autumn Pink Blue Green Red
Winter Green Red
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1C
Botanical details
Family
Bromeliaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Tillandsia are evergreen perennials, often epiphytic, forming rosettes of leathery, linear or strap-shaped leaves, and tubular or funnel-shaped flowers which may be 2-ranked in spikes with conspicuous bracts, or solitary and inconspicuous

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Plants need no compost; they are often grown on wire or bark pieces for support. Grow under glass in bright but diffused light with good ventilation. From spring to autumn, mist daily with rainwater, or immerse in rainwater twice a week, draining well to ensure no water is sitting in the leaves. See the advice page on cultivating air plants for more details

Propagation

Propagate by seed, sown at 27°C (81°F) in spring, onto bundles of conifer twigs and sphagnum moss. Propagate by division, removing offsets in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids when flowering

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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