Origin: Central/ South America, West Indies and southern United States
Culture: Bright filtered sunlight. Water 3-4 days a week, if air plant is indoors. Likes fresh air. Humid location. Frost sensitive. Give leaves fertilizer once a month.
Description: Ornamental epiphyte. Found growing on trees and rocks in deserts, rain forests and mountains. Wonderful wall display. Easy to care for.
Origin: southern Brazil rainforests
Height/width: 6-12 inches tall, 1-2 feet wide.
Culture: Part sun, or bright indoors. Loves full, direct sun in the winter. Well-drained, semi-moist soil. Prefers temps from 65-75° F. Can encourage blooms if the plant has at least 12 hours of darkness during fall evenings.
Description: Epiphytic cactus. Short day plant. Flat, segmented stems with serrated points at the tips. Hot pink/red pendant blooms.
Fruiting/Flowering time: flowers in December.
Hanging basket, houseplant.
Rhipsalidopsis gaertnerii or Hatiora gaertneri
Origin: eastern Brazil
Culture: Part sun, or bright light indoors. Well-drained soil, like a cactus mix. Moist soil okay, just not soggy. Cut back on water in the fall and winter. Needs a few months of evening temps about 45-60° F, or slightly below, to help with flowering in the spring. Likes temps of 75-80° F most of the year. Desires humidity.
Description: Epiphyte. Short day plant. Grow on trees, or rocks, in their native habitat. Flat succulent green leaves. Star-shaped flowers, that are either lavender, orange, peach, pink or red. Flowers open at dawn and close at dusk.
Flowering time: March-May
Hanging basket, houseplant.
Origin: Eastern Mexico (near Gulf Coast)
Height/width: 12-18 inches tall, 2-4 feet wide.
Culture: Full sun-light shade. Shade tolerant. Many soil types okay. Average water. Frost tender; dies back during frost but resprouts. Hardy to 20-25° F
Description: Evergreen. Purple fleshy leaves. Small, pink, sterile flowers. Type of spiderwort. Creeping ornamental. Fragile stems.
Flowering time: Summer
Hanging basket, air purifier, houseplant, groundcover, border garden. Deer and drought tolerant.
Origin: West Africa
Height/width: 3-4' tall
Culture: Bright light, can deal with low light. Well-drained or sandy soil. Water occasionally. Don't over water! Frost sensitive. Transplant and fertilize in the spring.
Description: Dark green, sword-like leaves. Variegated type has yellow around leaf margins. Hardy evergreen. Tropical ornamental. Spreads by rhizomes. Easy to grow.
Air purifier. Houseplant.
Lifespan: Slow-growing perennial. Long-lived if indoors.
Origin: African, Australian, southeast Asian and South American
Height/width: 3.3' wide.
Culture: Bright light in filtered shade. Likes moisture. High humidity is fine. Temps in summer no higher than 75 degrees F, winter no lower than 55 degrees F. Protect from winds.
Description: Large green fronds. Decorative. Bracket epiphyte that grows on tree trunks and rocks. Found in tropical and temperate areas. Great houseplant, hanging plant, garden accent. As leaves wither, gently remove them.
Lifespan: Tropical perennial
Height/width: 1-3' tall, 2' wide
Culture: Epiphytic. Central cup should be filled with water, refill every ten days. Partial shade. Well-drained soil, that retains moisture.
Description: Indoor and outdoor plant. Vase-shaped basal rosette. Received Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
Flowering time: Takes about five years before it flowers.
Lifespan: Evergreen perennial
Origin: South Africa
Height/width: 8 inches to one foot tall.
Culture: Partial sun to partial shade. Well-drained soil. Let soil dry out before watering again. Susceptible to rot if over-watered. Frost tender if temps fall below 40° F. Summer dormant.
Description: Ornamental succulent. Grows in clumps, via offsets. Basal rosette spirals upward into a columnar shape. White freckled leaves. Pinkish-white blooms on ends of long, thin racemes.
Flowering time: Spring
Grow indoors, in containers, fairy or rock gardens.
Earned the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.