Most air plants are part of the genus Tillandsia, and the majority of species are part of the family Bromeliaceae (Bromeliaceae), just as pineapple plant.
These tropical plants typically grow in wet areas, such as rainforests, in many regions around the world. Air plants can be found in Central and South America, as well as the West Indies, Mexico, and even in some areas of the southern United States. In the wild, you can find it growing in trees and crevices, as well as on rocks and cliffs.
Most air plants are aerial plants, which means that they rely on hard surfaces for stability but do not require soil as nutrients. This is because “their leaves are covered in tiny hair-like structures called trichomes that help them absorb nutrients and moisture from the air,” says Lindsay Pangborn, a horticultural expert at Bloomscapeexplains.
Despite their name, these plants don’t just live on the air. When keeping them as houseplants, you will need to water them as well.