Tillandsia purpurea 'Shooting Star'

Purple air plant 'Shooting Star'

Tillandsia purpurea 'Shooting Star'

Purple air plant 'Shooting Star'

  • Desert Tillandsia from Peru
  • Star-like leaf arrangement
  • Fragrant flowers
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Description

Shooting Star' is a special selection of the species Tillandsia purpurea. In nature, it does not grow as an epiphyte on trees and shrubs, like most other Tillandsias, but on sand and rocks in the coastal desert of Peru. It hardly ever rains there, but the plant absorbs water from the mists that rise from the Pacific. T. purpurea has leaves up to 20 cm long on an upright stem and forms dense tufts through side shoots. Tillandsia purpurea 'Shooting Star' has the leaves arranged one above the other in five rows along the stem. This makes the shoots resemble a five-pointed star when viewed from above, hence the cultivar name. The purple inflorescence produces a pleasant cinnamon fragrance.

Tillandsia purpurea is counted among the "grey tillandsia" type. These usually come from drier places, in this case with little rain but a lot of fog. These "air plants" absorb water and nutrients completely via the many absorbent scales on the leaves, even from very humid air. The roots, if still present, serve as adhesive roots. In cultivation, such tillandsias are tied or glued to solid materials such as wood or stones. The light requirement is high. The air must not be very humid and stagnant all the time, because the plants need to be able to dry off after waterings. Therefore "Grey Tillandsias" are not well suited for rainforest terrariums, or they need a drier, well ventilated place in them. Tillandsia purpurea should be sprayed with soft water about once or three times a week. Dipping is also possible. An orchid and tillandsia fertiliser can be added with every second watering.

Tillandsia purpurea 'Shooting Star' is a true desert Tillandsia with a special leaf arrangement and fragrant flowers. It can be placed in a bright spot on rock or wood. Its bushes of upright, grey-green shoots are particularly suited to semi-desert-inspired designs.

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Tillandsia purpurea 'Shooting Star'
Cultivation options Epiphytic, hanging
Growth height Approx. 10 - 15 cm
Temperature 15 - 25 °C, temporarily cooler
Humidity 50 - 70 %
Light requirement Indirect, bright light; no direct noon sun
Watering Soft, low-lime water. Regular misting, adjust frequency according to humidity
Fertilisation Once a month with diluted bromeliad or orchid fertiliser during the growth phase
Propagation Offsets (side shoots) that appear after flowering
Suitable for Small to medium-sized terrariums
Cultivation options
Epiphytic, hanging
Growth height
Approx. 10 - 15 cm
Temperature
15 - 25 °C, temporarily cooler
Humidity
50 - 70 %
Light requirement
Indirect, bright light; no direct noon sun
Watering
Soft, low-lime water. Regular misting, adjust frequency according to humidity
Fertilisation
Once a month with diluted bromeliad or orchid fertiliser during the growth phase
Propagation
Offsets (side shoots) that appear after flowering
Suitable for
Small to medium-sized terrariums

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Item no.
192.0293.01
EAN
Weight 0,01 kg
Shipping weight 0,22 kg

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