Tillandsia Butzii

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Tillandsia Butzii is one of the many air plants species that you’ll love displaying in your home.

Tillandsia Butzii is a small epiphytic species of air plants. It originated in Costa Rica and Mexico. It grows naturally in Central America and in many areas from southern Mexico to Panama. They live at an altitude ranging from 1250 to over 2200 meters. They have long wiry leaves that look like the tentacles of an octopus. Butzii also has a bulbous base and a gorgeous, bright red inflorescence.

They are incredibly low maintenance but there are some important factors to consider when it comes to Tillandsia Butzii care. Here is a complete guide for you on Tillandsia Butzii.

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What is Tillandsia Butzii?

Tillandsia Butzii is a uniquely shaped air plant, which usually grows to a size of 8-10 inches. It is suitable for cool and humid conditions and needs more water compared to other species of air plants.

Tillandsia Butzii also has fewer leaves than other air plant species. Its eaves are soft, long and wavy at the blades. The dark green leaves are spotted and form a rosette.

It has a long inflorescence of 8 inches with many small “ears”. The flowers are tubular and grow from the stem without a stalk. The flowers are about 1.25 inches long and pink or purple in color.

Scientific Name

This species of Tillandsia was first described by Carl Christian Mez in 1935. The scientific name of this air plant is Tillandsia Butzii. It is also known by the names of Platystachys Inanis, Tillandsia Inanis, and Tillandsia Variegata.

Scientific Classification

It is a species of the genus Tillandsia and belongs to the family of Bromeliaceae and sub-family of Tillandsiodeae.


The blooming of the plant starts from its long inflorescence that is usually 1.25 inches long. The inflorescence has a beautiful bright red color and has small ears.

The thin and upright scape of Tillandsia Butzii has a single spike with bright red bracts and purple petals. It has tubular and erect flowers that are pink or purple in color.


Tillandsia Butzii falls under zone 10 of USDA hardiness, which means it can survive in temperatures that are as high as 30 degrees Fahrenheit (-1.1 degrees Celsius).

Tillandsia Butzii Care

As they have low maintenance needs, Tillandsia Butzii care involves placing them in the right environment and watering them.

Here are some important factors to consider when it comes to Tillandsia Butzii care:


The watering needs of all air plants differ and greatly depend on the climate of the area where you nurture them. There are three different methods of watering Tillandsia Butzii. These methods vary depending on the climatic conditions of your area.

If the climate is humid, misting the plant 3-5 times a week is enough. If the climate is hot and dry, hold it under the tap several times a week. You can also submerge the plant completely in a water bath 2-4 times a week.

Mist your Tillandsia Butzii until all the leaves are wet. This is important so that the trichomes are able to absorb the water.

You can use the submerging method if the plant is mounted on an object. The caveat being that the object is not prone to rot or fungal growth on contact with water.

Try to dunk only the plant leaving the object out of the water.

The soaking method is the most effective method for most air plants, but we don’t recommend it for Tillandsia Butzii.

Like with other pseudo bulbous species, water collects inside the base, which causes rotting. So, misting and submerging are more appropriate methods of watering for Tillandsia Butzii.

Since Tillandsia Butzii is a pseudo bulbous species, it is important that the plant is completely dry within a few hours after watering. This will help to prevent the earlier discussed rotting and fungal growth.

After watering, hold the plant upside down and shake it a bit so that excess water that is trapped in the base flows out. You can also place the plant on its side on a towel in indirect sunlight or in a well-ventilated area so that it dries.


Tillandsia Butzii requires a good amount of light but doesn’t need full sun exposure. This species only needs little sunlight to thrive. You can put the plant a few feet away from a window so that it gets enough indirect sunlight.


The appropriate range of temperature for Tillandsia Butzii is 10 to 32 degrees Celsius. If you live in a colder region, don’t leave the plant out in the cold. Especially at night when the temperature drops below 4-5 degrees Celsius.

This type of air plant can only withstand temperatures close to 0 degrees Celsius for a few hours even if it is dry and sheltered.


Fertilize Tillandsia Butzii once a month. Medium doses of fertilizer once or twice a month in summers and once a month in winters are recommended for this plant.

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How to Identify Tillandsia Capitata

Tillandsia Butzii can be easily identified due to its bulbous base and long, wavy, wiry and spotted leaves. It looks like an octopus and has an intriguing shape. It grows to a height of 1-10 inches, and its leaves are dark green in color and have dark and light spots all over them.

The leaves are wavy at the blades and form a rosette that further curls up if the plant is dehydrated. The bright red color inflorescence has tubular flowers that grow from the stem without any stalk.

How to Display Tillandsia Capitata

Tillandsia Butzii is usually displayed in many creative ways. For instance, you can display it with seashells. You can mount them on an object like a rock, driftwood, branch, tray, etc., for display. You can also display them in the following manner:


A sealed or an open glass container like a terrarium can be used to display Tillandsia Butzii. You can add this air plant with other plants in a terrarium and also add sand, pebbles, moss, etc., to enhance the beauty of the display.

You can use different creative ways to display Tillandsia Butzii in your terrarium.


Another type of glass container used for air plant display is aeriums. Aeriums are very similar to terrariums, but they provide a better flow of air through the container. You can display the aerium on tabletops, shelves or hang it in the room for indoor décor. You can find different shapes and sizes of aeriums in the market. You can add other plants, seas shells, pebbles, moss or sand, etc., to the aerium.


Tillandsia Butzii can be mounted on any solid surface that does not hold on to moisture. You can use a floral adhesive like Oasis Floral Adhesive or wire to attach your plant species to a mounting object like a rock, sea shell, driftwood, etc.

You can then display your air plant in the perfect spot in your room. While mounting your air plant, ensure that the mounting object is not prone to rotting or fungal growth. Do not cover the base of the Tillandsia Butzii with moss because it can cause rotting.

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Tillandsia Butzii is unique in shape, which is why it is perfect to display in a living space. As it has fewer trichomes, it needs more watering and less sunlight. It is important to provide these plants with proper shelter and adequate watering. With a little thoughtful care, you can help these unique air plants thrive in your house for a very long time.

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