They don't call this beautiful Tillandsia stricta variety "Purple Rain" for nothing. The purple hues in the leaves are outstanding. When in bloom Stricta Purple Rain has visually-stimulating purple bracts and bright pink blooms. The base of this air plant is round and will fit beautifuly in an arrangement, a bowl, or even by itself.
Tillandsia stricta is widely spread throughout Brazil and much of South America, growing epiphytically in rainforests and rupestrian grasslands. This exotic Tillandsia has beautiful purple flowers, that arise from behind the soft pink unfolding bracts like tiny amethyst trumpets. The pinks and purples of the bloom spike will stop you in your tracks! One of our favorites here at Artifact Gardens.
Tillandsia Stricta - Purple Rain
Most Tillandsia species live epiphytically in nature, meaning that they do not grow in soil, but instead make their homes in the forest canopy. The roots of most species only serve to anchor the plant in place, and have lost the ability to take up water. The plant gets all of its water through its leaves, using special structures called trichomes on the leaf surface to absorb the water and transport it into the plant.
Air plants' appearances gives clues as to how much water and light they need. In general, the harder the leaves, the less water the plant needs, and the grayer/white the leaves, the higher light they can handle. Watering should be done in the morning by running water over all parts of the plant, at least 2-3 times a week. Invert the plant and let the water run out of the base, then return the plant to its home. As long as the plant dries off within a few hours, it can be watered more frequently, but one pitfall of air plant care is rot. Since the plant needs to breathe through the same surface it gets water through, parts of it will die if kept wet too long, then rot pathogens can invade and make short work of the plant. Luckily, this is easy to avoid using the above watering techniques.
Most Tillandsias like bright, filtered light, though some--like Tillandsia xerographica--can take full sun in some regions. Most air plants will be happy in an East-facing window, or with some protection from a South- or West-facing window. If a North-facing window is the only option, then make sure your air plant is very close to the glass.
We will combine shipping for an extra $1.00 - $12.00 per plant depending on size.
Our dedicated shipping days each week are Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Orders placed by 12pm Tuesday will go out the same week, all other orders will be held for shipping the following Monday to avoid the plants sitting in a box over the weekend.
Our shipping carrier is the United States Postal Service (USPS). Some orders may be eligible for shipping through a different carrier, please inquire. Regardless of the carrier, we cannot be responsible for packages once they have left our facility. Tracking information will be provided to the customer at the time of shipping, but the customer is responsible for all carrier inquiries.
All plant photos--unless otherwise stated--are of the actual plant or group of plants available. Additional flower photos may be provided on plants that are not in bloom, or in low bud. These photos are given for reference only, and may be from our mother plant, another clone of the same variety, or from another source that we’ve obtained permission from.
Winter Weather Shipping: If temperatures are below freezing in your area, you may request a heat pack for $5. We do not monitor shipping conditions along your route, so please check your local weather before ordering. We cannot give refunds for frozen plants.
Unfortunately, we do not ship to Alaska, Hawaii, or Puerto Rico.
PLEASE NOTE: Plants listed as in spike or bloom are in spike or bloom at the time of listing, but due to their delicate nature we cannot guarantee that spikes and blooms will survive shipping. We have an excellent track record of shipping plants in spike, but carrier mishaps do occasionally happen.