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Object of Desire: Curly Tillandsia Houseplant

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Object of Desire: Curly Tillandsia Houseplant

February 5, 2021

Here’s an air plant with such curly leaves that its nickname is “Shirley Temple.” Tillandsia streptophylla, you’re irresistible.

A Curly Air Plant (Tillandsia streptophylla) is currently available in two sizes—two to three inches high and four to five inches high; \$9 and \$\16 at Spyloh via Etsy.
Above: A Curly Air Plant (Tillandsia streptophylla) is currently available in two sizes—two to three inches high and four to five inches high; $9 and $16 at Spyloh via Etsy.
Native to warm climates in the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico, Tillandsia streptophylla has leaves that curl up as it dries out. For tips on how to take care of an air plant, see Air Plants: A Field Guide to Planting, Care & Design.

&#8\2\20;These are very interestingly shaped little plants—when you water them more they grow wavy, and when you water them less, they get very curly,&#8\2\2\1; notes seller Spyloh. &#8\2\20;When they bloom, they blush a bright pink and have giant bloom spikes.&#8\2\2\1;
Above: “These are very interestingly shaped little plants—when you water them more they grow wavy, and when you water them less, they get very curly,” notes seller Spyloh. “When they bloom, they blush a bright pink and have giant bloom spikes.”

See more tips for keeping a tillandsia properly hydrated at Gardening 101: How to Water an Air Plant. Read more:

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