You can purchase tillandsias ($1 to $35 per plant; $150 minimum domestic order) from Tillandsia International (559/683-7097; airplant.com). We also consulted experts at Rainforest Flora (1921 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance, Calif.; 310/370-8044) and Joseph Marek Landscape Architecture (josephmarek.com). You may also want to read Paul Isley's Tillandsia II ($72) and Genus Tillandsia ($5)) from Exotic Plant Books (exoticplantbooks.com).
T. fuchsii is an exquisite and refined species that looks fragile but is quite hardy. The silvery leaves of the plant arc outward from the base.