Tillandsia setacea

Tillandsia setacea

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Origins: Widely distributed from Southern United States all the way down to Brazil

Bloom: Short, simple or compound inflorescence with short red bracts and purple flowers

Light: Strong indirect or filtered light, some direct light okay

Water: Spray or dunk twice a week, allow to dry within 6-8 hours.  Soak monthly to rehydrate up to 4 hours as necessary


Known as the Southern needleleaf, this is a filiform similar to juncea and hammeri.  Has grayish leaves and stays shorter and more compact than similar species.  One of only a few native species in the United States