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Air Plant

Tillandsia duratii

Also known as


Tillandsia duratii (Pfendbach) 00092 by Timm Stolten (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Air Plant Overview

Tillandsia duratii grows as an epiphyte on trees, shrubs and cacti, and occasionally as a lithophyte on rocks, both sun or shade primarily in the drier areas. It doesn't require soil substrate and instead grows in the air, hence the common name air plant. Typically reaches 60-100cm tall, producing light green to white, linear foliage arranged in a rosette. Leaves are covered in a dense coating of grey hairs. Place in a well-ventilated space, nice display options include mounting on wood or securing with twine in a hanging display. This plant thrives under a wide range of light, water, and temperature conditions. Flowers are funnel-shaped and small, coloured purple, white or cream and possess a strong scent. They have 3 spreading petals and are surrounded by modified leaves known as bracts.

Common problems with Air Plant

Generally problem free.

    How to harvest Air Plant

    Not harvested

    How to propagate Air Plant


    Remove pups when at least a third of mother plant's size.

    Special features of Air Plant

    Indoor plant

    Can be grown indoors, but special care needs to be taken with light and water requirements.

    Pot plant

    Needs an airy medium.

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