Tillandsia ionantha 'Huamelula' (possibly ionantha var. maxima) is a wonderful variety of ionantha that is new to Andy's Airplants. It is quite rare in cultivation. It turns a very nice red in bright light when it is mature.
Tillandsia ionantha 'Huamelula' is a variety of Tillandsia ionantha which comes from San Pedro Huamelula in Oaxacan, Southern Mexico.
Tillandsia ionantha come from Central America, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. It grows as an epiphyte up in the tree canopies and on scrub bushes. It grows in hot and dry environments and so is well adapted to drought and full sun.
Ionantha is from the Greek 'Ion' meaning purple, and 'Anthos' which means flower. When the ionantha's come into their flowering process they color up really well turning fiery red, and then will produce the lovely purple, tubular flowers, then they will produce pups or offsets around the base which will grow and flower again when they reach maturity which is generally one year.
There are many many sub-species and varieties of ionantha, which makes them very collectible. They are very popular due to their ease of growing, vibrant display and the fact that they are so versatile.
At the moment i have really nice small clumps of this available. They are green at thye moment but are flowering size and will turn bright red in the sunshine.
Only six weeks after my Huamelula arrived I have a lovely purple flower! So pleased. Now need to work out how to look after my ‘pups’ :)
Although growing airplant is a learning experience, As I love those lovely red top and it is easy to look after as long as make sure using rain water, bright bight bight light and airflow.
Brought as a birthday present.lovely plants and great service. Thanks
A beautiful pineapple of a plant, one of my favourites!
I think everyone on my Christmas list will be getting Air Plants!