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Tillandsia ionantha 'Rubra'

A cultivar used by Guatemalan nurseries.

Tillandsia ionantha 'Rubra'

Tillandsia (Tillandsia) ionantha Planchon (1854)



  • [ Blooming ] May - June, for a week
  • [ Flower ] Purple
  • [ Fregrance ] None
  • [ Blooming size ] 4 - 6 cm (W) x 6 - 10 cm (H)
  • Low degree of drought tolerance but more easy to cultivate than Mexico form and Guatemala form.
  • The entire foliage turns pinkish red not only during the blooming period but also cultivating in the sunny places.
  • Relatively large variation. More reluctant bloomer than Mexico form, and only 1- 2 pups grow after blooming.

Cultivaton tips

Informations summarized here are based on our experiences, and TrekGEO does not guarantee the results by cultivating in the same or similar conditions described here. Even a species of Tillandsia differs substantially between individuals, and is very sensitive in changes of environments. Applicatons of any idea inspired by this site should be at your own risks.

Very high watering frequency cultivation

Grows well.

Low watering frequency cultivation

Managed to keep the foliage. Leaves at the bottom of the foliage and leaf tips tend to die. Better ventilation and higher watering frequency are necessary.

Cultivation Log (2nd foliage)

  • Apr. 2022 Roots began to grow.

  • Mar. 2022 A foliage of 2-foliage clump flowered.

  • May 2021 The foliage flowered in 2017 died and was removed.
  • Apr. 2021 Roots began to grow.

  • Sept. 2020 2 offsets keep growing.

  • July 2019 An offset began to grow from each foliage.
  • June 2019 It flowered.
  • May 2019 A root began to grow.
  • Jan. 2019 Leaves began to turn red.

  • July 2018 Roots began to grow.

  • July 2017 2 offsets began to grow at the bottom of the foliage.
  • June 2017 It flowered.
  • May 2017 Roots began to grow.

  • Dec. 2016 The entire foliage turned beautiful pink.

  • Oct. 2015 Tips of all leaves turned beautiful pink.
  • Sept. 2015 Leaves turned beautiful pink.
  • Sept. 2015 A root began to grow.
  • July 2015 Good condition.

Cultivation Log (1st foliage)

  • June 2008 A root began to grow.

  • Oct. 2006 The original foliage died and was removed.
  • Oct. 2006 Moved to another site. Cultivation condition is almost same as the previous site.
  • June 2006 An offset began to grow.
  • Jan. 2006 It flowered.

  • Dec. 2005 Leaves turned beautiful pink.
  • Oct. 2005 It keeps growing.

  • Dec. 2004 Leaf tips turned bright red.
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