Common Name: Potbelly Air Plant, Twisted Wild-Pine
Species: T. paucifolia
Leaf Color: Gray, gray-green, or white
Flower Color: Pink or lavender-blue
Lifespan: Several years
Watering: Mist two or three times per week
Propagation: Seeds and pups
Natural Habitat: Florida, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, and West Indies
Tillandsia paucifolia Care
Commonly known as the potbelly air plant or the twisted wild-pine, Tillandsia paucifolia is a small to medium-sized plant that grows in a rosette shape. The leaves are narrow and grow in a color that can range from gray to gray-green to white. The flowers of this plant are small but beautiful, blooming in colors of pink or lavender-blue.
If you are considering adding a Tillandsia paucifolia to your home, it is important to know a little bit about the care requirements of this plant.
Tillandsia paucifolia is a plant that requires very little water. In fact, you should only water this plant about two or three times per week. The best way to water this plant is to mist it with a spray bottle filled with distilled water. The trichomes on the leaves of this plant help it to absorb water, so be sure to mist the leaves thoroughly.
Tillandsia paucifolia does best in bright, indirect sunlight. If you live in a hot climate, it is best to protect this plant from direct sunlight to prevent the leaves from burning.
This plant prefers warm temperatures and will do best in a room that stays between 50 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
The flowers of Tillandsia paucifolia are small but beautiful, blooming in colors of pink or lavender.
Tillandsia paucifolia Habitat
This plant is widely distributed throughout Florida, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, and the West Indies. It grows in a variety of habitats, including open woodlands, scrublands, and rocky outcrops.
Tillandsia paucifolia Lifespan
Like most air plants, Tillandsia paucifolia has a lifespan of several years.
Propagating Tillandsia paucifolia
As part of the Tillandsia genus, Tillandsia paucifolia can be propagated by either seeds or pups.
To propagate by seed, you will need to wait until the plant blooms and produces seeds. Once the flowers have withered and the seeds are mature, you can remove them from the plant. It can take quite a long time for Tillandsia paucifolia seeds to germinate, so be patient.
To propagate by pup, you will need to wait until the plant produces offsets, or pups. Once the pups are about one-third the size of the parent plant, you can carefully remove them and pot them up in their own containers.
Tillandsia paucifolia Toxicity
This plant is non-toxic and safe for humans and animals.