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.
When in bloom, the T. cacticola produces a beautiful long lasting inflorescence with lavender blooms and white flowers.
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
The T. cacticola is not a very prolific propagator, but you might get one or two offsets from it after it blooms!