Tillandsia ionantha rubra is a unique low maintenance plant that is perfect for smaller terrariums, globes, and sea shells. The rubra starts life with shades of green, yellow, and red which all deepen as the plant matures and enters its bloom cycle.
Ionantha rubra plants are closely related to Ionantha Guatemala but have softer leaves and less trichomes. Trichomes are very tiny scales on the leaves that give them a white or silvery look. The trichomes help the leaves hold moisture so it can be absorbed. These are perfect for small seashells, terrariums under 5 inches, cork bark, driftwood and any other medium. They are very hardy and average about 2 inches tall. They will grow as large as 3 to 4 inches and multiply by producing "pups" from their base. They will give you wonderful blooms 2 to 3 times per year.