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This is a discussion on My Cheery Tillandsia in the Coconut Shell within the A Kodak Moment: not necessarily plants... forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Occasionally, I indulge in a bromeliad or two - this "paddle-shaped" Tillandsia is my favorite. ...
Occasionally, I indulge in a bromeliad or two - this "paddle-shaped" Tillandsia is my favorite. The blue/violet blooms smell wonderful! And it's fun to have it sitting out on the lanai in its little coconut shell. I think I recall someone saying it's called a "Siamese" tillandsia - anyone ever heard that?
Maura: I believe what you have there is one of the color forms of Tillandsia cyanea. The only common name I've seen is "Pink quill." I agree that the aroma is wonderful.
The more I thought about "Siamese" the more intrigued I got. I was thinking the tillandsias were new world plants. My Hortus Third says they're from Ecuador.
My bad. I should have said Tillandsia cyanea is found in Equador. As a group, the tillandsias have a much more extensive range, as noted above.
love these, I have a bunch but never noticed a fragrance
Is the blue flower a separate plant or is it all one plant? I have a plant that's identical to what's underneath the blue flower...I just thought it was a bromeliad, and that the spiky thing was the flower. So...is this a Tillandsia in a pot with a bromeliad, or is the bromeliad the Tillandsia? Because I thought Tillandsia were those teensy plants that are being sold in globes as "air plants."
I'm confused...LOL!! But that's normal....
So, if it's just one plant, will mine make a flower on top of the spiky thing at some point?
Oh, and by the way, I LOOOOVE your first photo!! You captured that blue flower beautifully. Truly stunning!!