Common Name: Air plant
Latin Name: Tillandsia species
Family: Bromeliaceae: Bromeliad family
Growth Requirements: Air plants are epiphytes, often growing attached to other plants in their native habitat. They are not parasitic plants, but only grow attached to others externally by clinging to bark or nestled on a branch. They are also aerophytes, requiring no soil for growth and collect particles out of the air for food. Air plants prefer filtered light, direct sun may burn the leaves. As a houseplant, water by soaking in warm water, up to 2-3 times per week depending on temperature and humidity of environment.
Additional information: There are over 500 species of Tillandsia. They range from small and spiny, to the large, smooth and very bulbous. Their flowers are small, but intricate and are a wonderful conversation piece.