Tillandsia ionantha comes 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.
Here is Tillandsia ionantha var. ionantha a variety that colors up intense red shades during its flowering cycle.
This was ordered with other ionantha varieties and as always arrived in perfect condition and very well packaged. Andrew is a pleasure to deal with and my plants are doing rather well.
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I ordered these plants as both a treat for myself, because I love the look of air plants, and also for a gift.
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I am in love with the plants that I have received! I knew straight away that they had been cared for and was very pleased to also receive a care guide as part of my order which is FULL of information to help to keep the plant in an optimal condition.
The plants I have bought so far are very good. I will definitely be back for many more. I think that I have the air plant but already! Andy is very helpful.