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I recently found a plant that is easy to grow, beautiful and reasonably priced. As a busy mom and full-time florist, these plants are just what I am looking for when it comes to bringing decorative flora into my home.

It is the tillandsia, a group of plants commonly known as “air plants.” I know you have seen this little plant, popular at flea markets and craft fairs. Let me tell you about this plant so you will enjoy it and be able to grow one (or more) in your home.

In the wild, these plants are attached to trees or rocks where they are supported above the ground, hence the name, “air plant.” Plants that have roots in the soil are terrestrial, and plants grown above the soil are epiphytes. In its natural environment, tillandsia is exposed to filtered sunlight, and when it rains, the plant collects water in crevices formed by the shape of its leaves. These minimal needs make it to be an easy-care houseplant.

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