All About Tillandsia Capitata Rubra

Capitata Rubra is one of a few varieties of air plants with a year-round, natural red color. Depending on the amount of light it gets, the color can be green, pink, red, or anywhere in between. Sometimes they will take on a purplish hue.

Rubra is a larger growing air plant that has a small inflorescence with violet, flowers. Capitatas have soft, recurving leaves and fairly prominent trichomes, giving them a lovely shimmer. Capitata Rubra tends to open and fan out when blooming.

All About Caring for Capitata Rubra

These are easy to care for and a great colorful air plant. The red color makes it easy to discern whether or not your air plant is getting enough light. If the red color starts fading to green, it needs more light.

When the air plant is too dry, its leaves will start to fold inwards and the plant will deflate a little. However, it is normal for the lower, older leaves to fold at the base. Once it’s hydrated, the leaves will open and the plant will fill out.

It’s easy to care for and a great colorful air plant for beginners. Read on to learn more about caring for Capitata Rubra……

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Check out these other Capitata cultivars.


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  1. January 13, 2023

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