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My top 5 favorite wonky & wild air plants

Air plants by nature are unique. C’mon what other plants don’t absorb water and nutrients though a root system, but instead, through their leaves. In this post we are going to talk about some truly crazy-looking air plants.

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You'll love these funky crazy looking air plants

T. Funkiana

This month at Modern Air Plants, I am focusing on wonky air plants. By that I mean so really unusual, out-of-this-world looking air plants that can take us by surprise the first time we see them. This week's question will introduce us to the first of these wonky plants. Q. Which air plants do you recommend for creating an under-water themed terrarium?

The T. funkiana lives up to its name. Growing out in every direction, the soft purple leaves juxtapose brilliantly with the punch of red flowers.

T. FUNKIANA

T. Streptophylla

O Baby! I love your curls! If you’re not opposed to living on the wild side, consider the T. streptophylla. This air plant is easy care and doesn’t require a lot of water. In fact, for more curls, water less often.  But, after watering be sure to drain well as water can accumulate in the cup of the plant, which will cause rot.

STREPTOPHYLLA

 

T. Caput-Medusae

T. caput-medusae - wonky air plant

Like a flame of fire the the red flower of this T. caput-medusae will make your other house plants want to hide in shame.

T. CAPUT-MEDUSAE

T. Tectorum

T. tectorum

This gem reminds me of a living, breathing snowflake. The fuzzy trichomes are not pokey at all. This is one of the few air plants that should never be soaked in water. Instead, spritz it once a week with water. Also, this air plant thrives in full sun.

T. TECTORUM

T. Xerographica

xerographica - funky air plant

I don’t know how an air plant can be both elegant and funky, but the T. xerographica certainly is both. This air plant is a favorite. These air plants are statement pieces.

T. XEROGRAPHICA

Put These Air Plants to Work

Now that you know a bit about air plants from the wild side, it time to put them to work for you. Check out these ideas for air plant design.

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You’ve got this. You know about some totally unique, crazy air plants, how to style them and how to care for them. If you’re in this for the long game, these tips will make caring for air plants and creating their displays a great way to express your personality.

 

2 Comments
  1. Joy kelley says:

    Hi Anna your favorites are my favorites I also added three new ones that I love straminea streptocarpa and stellifera just thought I’d share have a great day

    1. Anna says:

      Joy,
      I love it! Thanks for sharing!
      Anna

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