Tillandsia ionantha is a popular species of air plant that, as it grows, will form into a medium-sized clump. These types of plants can survive without the need for soil by absorbing nutrients necessary for growth through the air, hence where the name air plant comes from. Its curved green leaves will flush a vibrant shade of pink as it prepares to bloom in the growing season. It will eventually produce a purple shoot in the center of the plant from which small, yellow flowers bloom on the top.
Place your Tillandsia ionantha where it can receive bright, indirect light and get plenty of air circulation. Direct sunlight will scorch its delicate leaves. Keep in mind that in their natural environment, air plants rely on moisture from the air and occasional rainfall to keep itself alive. To mimic this, give your Tillandsia several mistings throughout the week with bi-monthly soaks to keep it at its healthiest. Do this by submerging the entire air plant for about 15 minutes in a bowl of room temperature water. Once done, shake off any excess water that may have gotten trapped in some of the leaf crevices and wait until it's completely dry before returning it to its holder. If you live in an arid climate, or if the air in your house isn't very humid, you may have to soak your air plant once a week for best results.
Primary color: Green
Secondary color: Pink
Bloom info: Purple shoot with small yellow flowers
Cold-hardiness: Zone 10 (30F)
Light: Bright, indirect
Special characteristics: Blooms when it reaches maturity
Pet safe: Yes