The Xerographic Tillandsia

Ever heard of a plant that's as low maintenance as a pet rock but way more attractive? Meet the Tillandsia xerographica, also known as the Giant Tillandsia or Xerographic Tillandsia. This unique air plant is a real conversation starter, with its dramatic, silver-green leaves and stunning crimson and violet blooms.

Tillandsia xerographica

Partial To Full Sun

Can handle a mix of direct and bright light throughout the day.

Moderate Water Needs

Requires balanced watering. Not too wet, not too dry.

Epiphyte - No Soil Needed

As an epiphyte, this plant doesn't require soil and grows on other plants or surfaces.

Epiphyte - pH Not Applicable

Epiphytes don't rely on soil pH, as they grow on other plants or surfaces.

Safe For Humans

No known toxic effects or skin irritation risks.

Safe for All Animals

No known safety risks to pets or livestock.


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About Tillandsia xerographica

The Tillandsia xerographica is a large air plant, growing to a height and width of 1-3 feet. Its leaves are enduring and ornamental, with a beautiful ash to emerald green color that can sometimes appear almost ivory. The plant produces resilient, ornamental flowers that are a striking combination of violet and crimson.

The Tillandsia xerographica is an epiphyte, which means it grows without soil. It gets all its nutrients from the air, hence the nickname 'air plant'.

Also known as

Giant Tillandsia
Xerographic Tillandsia

Our design recommendations

With its large size and dramatic appearance, the Tillandsia xerographica makes a great feature plant. It can be used in cluster planting for a bold, modern look, or on its own as a striking centerpiece. Its enduring, ornamental leaves add texture and interest to any garden design. The Tillandsia xerographica is a versatile plant that can be placed in a planter or used as a room plant. It prefers bright, indirect light, making it perfect for a sunny window sill or a shaded patio.