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What are Ionanthas?

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What are Ionanthas?

The Ionanthas are a special type of Tillandsia and probably one of the first air plants that you will encounter in your search for small plants. The Tillandsia Ionanthas are generally 1-3 inch tall plants that look like small poofy balls with several pointed leaves. They are prolific pup producers and will start creating clumps if left to naturally multiply. They are found naturally in the Mexico, Central, and South America. The variation that exists between the different Ionanthas is mainly due to elevation, climate, and conditions in their various native region.

1. Tillandsia Ionantha Mexican

Height: 1-2 Inches

The hardiest of all of the Ionanthas. Ionantha Mexican produce brilliant red and orange blooms and they form into tight clusters when they start to pup. Even if you forget about them for a week or two, Ionantha Mexican almost always bounce back with a good soaking.

2. Tillandsia Ionantha Rubra

Height: 1-2 Inches

This Ionantha is perhaps the most graceful. Our Ionantha Rubra often sport very symmetrical rosettes with gracefully curving leaves. They blush shades of light pink and produce purple, crocus-like flowers.

3. Tillandsia Ionantha Scaposa

Height: 1-3 Inches

Scaposas are a nice mint green color. Their leafing structure is much more vertical than the other Ionanthas. We love using these in our wine cork magnets.

4. Tillandsia Ionantha Guatemalan

Height: 1-3 Inches

The Guatemalans can sometimes look a little unkept but they are generally a hardy species with more rigid, pointed leaves than the Ionantha Rubras or Ionantha Mexicans. 

5. Tillandsia Ionantha Fuego

Height: About 1 Inch

"Fuego" means fire in Spanish. This Ionantha blushes bright red and its color can last for several weeks. Our Ionantha Fuego look great in teardrop terrariums and small displays. Our Fuegos are often sent with a red tinge.




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Diana Robillard
Diana Robillard

June 05, 2017

I agree with Debby. I open up my package with a variety of Ionanthas and can’t figure out what I have. I have figured out that the scaposas start out looking way different before they open up. But a few closeup photos of all of them would really help. Thanks.

Debby S
Debby S

June 17, 2016

I appreciate the information about several forms of ionantha. Maybe you can add more pictures and/or links to each kind of ionantha on your sale pages.

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