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Tillandsia cyanea

pink quill

T. cyanea is an epiphytic perennial with rosettes of evergreen, narrow, dark green leaves to 35cm in length, marked with red at the base, and flattened spikes of violet flowers from pink bracts in spring or autumn

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Moisture
pH
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink Purple Green Red
Summer Green Red
Autumn Pink Purple Green Red
Winter Green Red
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or East–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

Correct

Plant range
Ecuador, Peru

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How to grow

Cultivation

Plants need no compost; they are glued or wired to a support. Grow under glass in bright but diffused light with good ventilation. From spring to autumn immerse in rainwater twice a week (more in hot, dry conditions), drain well and allow to dry. Can stand outside in summer to benefit from rain, additional light and humidity. See Air plants for further details.

Propagation

Propagate from seed (see Air plants) or by separating offsets once they are at least a third the size of the parent

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Sub-tropical
  • Patio and container plants
Pruning

Remove individual rosettes that have died after flowering

Pests

Aphids and mealybugs may be a problem

Diseases

Generally disease free

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