Tillandsia is a structurally and biologically attractive plant. Structurally because of its distinct and oftentimes spectacular flowers. Biologically, because of the fact that it requires very little to no irrigation or fertilizer for its growth. This ‘low-maintenance’ plant survives by absorbing atmospheric moisture content and minerals through fibres in their leaves and stem. The plant holds a special place in the hearts of nature lovers due to these special characteristics. This plant belongs to the bromeliaceae family. There are various organisations that work towards the protection of tillandsia.
Tillandsia belongs to the family of screw pine (pandanus) and is most prominently seen in the forests of Mexico and South America. About 650 varieties of this plant are estimated to exist. Pink quill known as cyanea, imperialis known as the Christmas candle, fasciculate aka, Wild Pineapple and stricta aka Hanging Torch are all varieties of tillandsia. The plant has fascinated many with its unique structure. Certain color variations have been noted in the leaves prior to flowering. Red, blue and yellow are the colors that are usually found in leaves. The colors of the leaves tend to vary from that of flowers. Flowers of blue, pink, white, yellow and dark green tinges will last only 2 weeks. Approximately 40 varieties of the plant are popular in India.