It's true: all plants are not created equal. But, plants are a must in my book and finding your plant soul mate can take a little digging. If a chic and minimal vibe is at the core of your aesthetic, look look no further! Air plants are here to bring your vision to life. Incorporating varieties like the Tillandsia into your home, work and special occasions is sure to bring moments that nobody will soon forget.
Whether you are an avid gardener or president of the black thumb society (like me), an event planner or florist, air plants have a surprising personality that has just about everyone HEAD OVER HEELS. Since, I am asked about these unusual bromeliads almost every day I thought it would be fun to share 10 properties about the Tillandsia with images featuring a stunning floral composition in Vale & Vine.
10 Facts About Tillandsia Air Plants with Green + Gold Floral Inspiration featured in Vale & Vine
From Vale & Vine, "Graceful, evocative, and full of heritage, this green + gold styled shoot among the ruins of South Carolina's Old Sheldon Church reminded me of why ruins hold a special place in my heart and why I think they're one of the loveliest settings for weddings.
Ruins generally offer an aesthetically appealing fusion of nature and architecture, as the structural details give way to layers of new life, much like how a marriage might look decades down the road having endured the tumult of time. The presence of ruins reminds us that though the details and aesthetics may crumble away, a strong foundation and structural form can remain in tact and be as beautiful as ever. Ruins remind us of the beauty that comes with imperfection, and that longevity is resplendent."
10 Facts About Tillandsia Air Plants
5. Color Changing.
You may think of Air Plants as always green, and they often are, but as they begin to flower their leaves can change to yellow, purple, orange or red. The colors of their flowers are intense but the vibrancy of the leaves is a sight to be seen, too!
6. They Are Threatened.
Over collection for the horticulture trade threatens these plants. Exporters are supposed to prove their lot is nursery grown. Yet, some are illegally collected from wild harvest. When you buy they look for certified exportation. It's important! In addition to illegal cultivation a lot of their natural habitat is being take due to human development.
7. They Like Kids.
Air Plants are excellent for children because they are so low maintenance. Not only is it a great way to bring the outdoors in for kids, it's a great teaching tool about pre-historic times, plant care, air purification and much more.
8. They Call Unexpected Places Home.
Native to Central and South America, Mexico and the West Indies, they grow naturally in the United States, too. We were surprised to see Tillandsia hanging in a tree outside of a TJ Maxx shopping center. They also call California, Florida, Louisiana, Texas and Georgia home. As a side note, there are more than 600 varieties of air plants.
9. They Can Not Live On Air Alone.
They get water by absorbing it through their leaves. If you live in a humid environment you may not have to water your plant often but trust me, it's getting water. If you live in a dry climate or it's kept indoors a weekly (or so) bath is a great idea. It will let you know by the curling and browning of it's leaves.
10. They Have Roots.
Tillandsia have roots. This makes them versatile as they can be used in a single planter, on walls or suspended from a floral installation at events or ceiling in your home. Don't say we didn't warn you, you'll fall IN LOVE with these adorable house plants no matter if it's a furry, round, or even spike-y.
I am a florist, a teacher, a curator and most of all, a story teller who uses flowers and plants.
If this inspires you create your own pretty things with Tillandsia I'd love to see what you make. I always remind myself, it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful. Visit our shop for items like Recycled Glass Bottle Terrariums and other open air vases and supplies like Mood Moss that we ship to you that I recommend to save money and make timeless arrangements easy and growing successful. Take lots of pictures and share them with us on Instragram and Facebook.
Credits // Photography - Abigail Malone / Floral Design - Colonial House of Flowers / Hair + Makeup - Hair and Makeup by Haley Ann / Bridal - Ivory & Beau / Rings - Trumpet & Horn / Ring Box - The Mrs. Box / Paper (Gold Suite) - Julia Rohde Design / Paper + Calligraphy - Simply Jessica Marie / Ribbon - Froufrou Chic / Venue - Old Sheldon Church Ruins / Photo Scans - PhotoVision //