by Megan Richards October 23, 2019 1 min read

Native to northern Peru, the Tillandsia cacticola is a rare species that grows in elevations of 2000 meters above sea level. 

 

Tillandsia cacticola air plant

 

Found growing in the wild on rocks and cacti, (hence the name “cacticola”) the T. cacticola is a caulescent species, meaning that it grows upwards along a stem. It is characterized by light gray/sage green leaves that are soft to the touch due to the amount of trichomes that they have. It grows upwards along the stem in a rosette shape. 

 

Tillandsia cacticola in bloom


When in bloom, the T. cacticola produces a beautiful long lasting inflorescence with lavender blooms and white flowers.  

 

Tillandsia cacticola air plant in bloom


Due to its abundance of trichomes, the T. cacticola will prefer brighter light, and are more drought tolerant than most air plants. Once its leaves start to curl in on themselves, it is time to water! 

 

Tillandsia cacticola clump

Tillandsia cacticola clump 

 

The T. cacticola is not a very prolific propagator, but you might get one or two offsets from it after it blooms! 

Do you have a Tillandsia cacticola in your air plant collection?
Megan Richards
Megan Richards


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