Indigenous air plants?

Air plant in a pot
Air plant in a pot


Anyone know if there are any indigenous airplants? And would they tolerate full Durban sun with no maintenance? And can one attach them to metal posts or do they need trees? I’m wanting to green my neighbourhood so aiming at plants on lampposts as done in Cape Town but without the tins.


2 replies on “Indigenous air plants?”

Hi Bobby

Nope. There are no indigenous air plants. Some of them come from the southern, warm tropical areas of the USA and the majority from South America. They are part of the Bromelliad family, none of which are native.

Epiphytes include many ferns, so indeed there are indigenous ones. However almost all air plants are found in moist temperate zones; many are canopy plants of the Amazon rain-forests. So huge no to Durban sun; huge no to metal posts – they don’t need trees but they will die in the heat and sun.

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