Mark A. Miller
(Linden's Air Plant, Pink Quill)
The arching, stiff green to gray-green leaves of this Ecuadorian air plant form handsome rosettes. Pink quill is named for its clusters of pink crested floral bracts that bear brilliant purple flowers. Like most tillandsias, it is an evergreen perennial and epiphyte (tree grower).
The narrow, lance-shaped leaves of pink quill arch gently and form a neat rosette. Around the spring and fall equinoxes, it will send up one or two flower stems topped with a dense cluster of bracts (petal-like leaves)...
(Threadleaf Air Plant)
The soft, silvery green, filament-like leaves of threadleaf air plant are made more beautiful by its delicate spring flowers. Native to the mid-elevations of southern Mexico and Central America, this frost-tender perennial bromeliad is an epiphyte (grows upon another plant for support). It naturally inhabits tropical forests and only requires moderate humidity for good growth.
Threadleaf air plant forms a central rosette of thread-like, light green leaves that extend outward in a radial display....
(Sky Plant, Violet-flowered Air Plant)
Sky plant is a miniature bromeliad native to forested regions from Mexico and Central America. It is an epiphyte, which means it grows in the upper branches of trees where it receives some sun.
Its pointed, lance-shaped leaves are round in circumference and crowd together to form dense rosettes. They are covered with gray-green, tiny, shield-shaped hairs (trichomes) which collect water and nutrients for the plant and give it a dusty appearance. When the plant is ready to flower in winter or...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Fuzzy-Wuzzy Airplant, Hoary Air Plant)
A small, bulb-shaped bromeliad with fuzzy but firm gray-green leaves, hoary airplant gains pinkish leaf tones in winter and spring before producing tiny blue-violet flowers in spring and summer. An evergreen perennial epiphyte (growing upon another plant for support), it is native to southern Florida, the Caribbean and from Mexico southward to northern Brazil in seasonally dry woodlands and scrub.
The small rosette of leaves has a pear-shape, with leaves being lined with trichomes (whitish scales...
James H. Schutte
(Twisted Air Plant)
An evergreen, frost-tender bromeliad from southern Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, twisted air plant is an epiphyte (tree grower) with silvery white or green leaves that twist downwards. It grows anchored on tree trunks and branches where it receives bright light and flushes of rainfall.
The plump rosette of leaves are ghostly gray-white during the cool, dry season and light green during the rainy growing season. They are comprised of twisty leaf blades that are wide at the base and taper to...
(Upright Air Plant)
Once of the showiest clump-forming airplants, upright airplant's fine, light gray-green foliage nests the coral-pink flowering bracts in early summer before the blue-purple flowers emerge. An evergreen, frost-tender perennial bromeliad, it is an epiphyte--not growing in soil but growing upon another plant to collect light, water and nutrients. This species is native to eastern South America from the islands of Turks and Caicos across Brazil to northern Argentina.
The clustering plants are a rosette...
Mark A. Miller
(Graybeard, Spanish Moss)
Large trees draped with Spanish moss bring to mind beautiful landscapes of the American South. Often mistaken for a lichen, Spanish moss is in fact a tiny bromeliad. It is an epiphyte (tree dweller) that produces long, hanging strands of wavy, pale gray-green foliage that dangles from the branches of trees without doing them harm. Spanish moss is an evergreen, perennial that exists across a very broad geographic area, from the southeastern United States southward to Argentina.
The long, dangling...
Amada44, Wikimedia Commons Contributor
Mistletoes (Viscum species) all have several things in common. They are hemi-parasitic woody plants naturally found in Africa, Australasia and Eurasia. All live on a variety of woody host plants. Taxonomists argue over the number of valid species existing, but many fix on around 40 with many more natural variants and subspecies. The evergreen plants all have yellowish green flowers followed by pale berries that are attractive to birds. Mistletoes are toxic and not usually cultivated, but...
Nova, Wikimedia Commons Contributor
Pucker up and kiss your sweetheart under the mistletoe. European mistletoe's waxy white berries are decorative around Christmastime but historically they were believed to hold medicinal and even magical properties. This shrubby plant species is a partially parasitic evergreen that grows on the limbs of trees and shrubs, making it an epiphyte. It is native across a huge expanse of Europe and Asia, mainly in temperate climates and higher elevations in subtropical zones. It also extends from northern...