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Shirley Temple Air Plant


The streptophylla is an easy air plant to care and perfect for beginners. It requires infrequent waterings and can withstand being outside in mild climates and direct sunlight for a few hours per day. Mist 1-2 times per week or soak 30 minutes once every 1-2 weeks. Water more when it’s extra dry and less when humid. Be sure the streptopylla is dry within 4 hours after watering.

Each Tillandsia is hand picked and cared for with love while waiting to meet it’s new owner. Please Note that each Tillandsia will vary slightly in shape, size and color and can have small blemishes as they are real, living plants. We always inspect each one thoroughly to ensure that the plants are 100% healthy before sending.


• Native to Southern Mexico, Central America and the West Indies
• Bloom color: Purple with a pink inflorescence


• Small – 3 inches
• Medium – 4-5 inches
• Extra Large – 8+ inches



The Shirley Temple Air Plant (Tillandsia streptophylla) has beautiful curly leaves which are light green-silver and soft to the touch. When watered more frequently the leaves will uncurl, and when watered infrequently the leaves will curl into itself giving it that pretty “Shirley Temple” look. Believe it or not the unofficial name for this air plant is the Shirley Temple Plant, and with those curls how could you not name it that? Whether it curls more or less is up to the preference of the owner. Just be sure to know the signs of a healthy and unhealthy air plant. The streptophylla can grow fairly large over a long period of time. When forming a bloom it turns a beautiful pink color (blushes) in the center and forms a pink inflorescence with purple tube flowers.

New To Air Plants? Learn More!

What are air plants? Their technical name is Tillandsia and they are one of the few plants out there that don’t require dirt to thrive. They are epiphytes which means they use their roots as grabbers to attach to trees and rocks instead of using them in the dirt. Some air plant species actually do use their roots in dirt but there aren’t too many like that. Air plants receive nutrients through their leaves by way of tiny little trichomes. Water and air both can have the nutrients they need to thrive and grow bigger. Air plants are very slow growing compared to most other plants and you might not see any noticeable growth for a year or two! Air plants are also related to the more commonly known bromeliad which you will see quite often at nurseries or grocery stores.

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Additional information

Weight9 oz
Dimensions5 × 5 × 5 in
Choose Shirley Temple Size

Small 3 inch, Medium 4-5 inch, Extra Large 8+ inch


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