73 and still gardening

Tillandsia ionantha

I was so happy to see the blue flowers of my Tillandsia ionantha. When I featured this air plant in my driftwood composition (post last June 23), its leaves were just grayish-green (or a yummy color description would be green sprinkled with sugar-like coating). After barely two months clinging on that driftwood, some of the Tillandsia’s leaves turned red and two striking purplish-blue flowers bloomed.

This plant originally came from Mexico and some plant collectors brought this species into the Philippines.  I happened to acquire one specimen thru my friend Hermie (she found this in a garden show in Manila). Hermie told me that she winced when she saw the price tag; she couldn’t comprehend why such a tiny plant would cost that much than a Philodendron. Well, to me it was justly priced because it’s rare and I’m a collector of rare air plants.

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2 responses

  1. so you are a collector of air plants, you should visit Plantchaser’s site: http://www.plantchaser.com, He has many collection of rare plants too.

    August 23, 2011 at 9:31 am

    • Bom

      Thanks for linking us, Andrea.

      August 25, 2011 at 7:14 am

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