Being the fascinating species that they are, some varieties of Tillandsia plants readily hybridize with other Tillandsia, making an altogether new species or form of air plant. These hybrids are some of the most unique plants that you can find. Today we are going to discuss some fun facts about Tillandsia hybrids!
1. Tillandsia hybrids are some of the most sought after and rare plants in the world of air plants.
T. houston is a hybrid between T. stricta and T. recurvifolia. This hybrid was created by a botanist Mark Dimmitt.
Tillandsia houston "cotton candy" ( T. stricta x T. recurvifolia)
Another favorite is the T. victoriana, which is a hybrid between T. ionantha and T. brachycaulos.
Tillandsia T. victoriana ( T. ionantha x T. brachycaulos)
T. streptophylla hybrid ( T. Eric Knobloch) is a hybrid of T. streptophylla and T. brachycaulos and is named after Eric Knobloch, the man who hybridized it.
T. Eric Knobloch ( T. streptophylla x T. brachycaulos)
The Tillandsia streptophylla hybrid can grow to be much larger than either of its parent plants
T. capitata x T. xerographica
Tillandsia rectifolia ( T. schiedeana x T. ionantha)
5. One of the most prolific hybridizers of air plants and numerous other plant species, is grower and botanist, Mark Dimmitt. He has been collecting and growing Tillandsia since the early 1970’s. A couple of his most popular hybrids are the T. houston ‘Cotton Candy,’ ( T. stricta x T. recurvifolia) and T. curly slim ( T. intermedia x T. streptophylla) among many others.
Tillandsia curly slim ( T. intermedia x T. streptophylla)
Do you have any Tillandsia hybrids in your air plant collection?