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Tillandsia Caput Medusae, Small


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Medusa Head was first noticed in 1880 by a Belgian bromeliad expert, who named it for the Greek character Medusa, a scary woman with a hairdo of writhing snakes for hair. The green, snaky, tendril-like foliage of the Medusae does writhe and wave in all directions, rising from the base, a dusty green pseudobulb. The leaves are not completely tubular, but have a thin channel cut in each leaf to the tip for some reason. The leaves can reach a length of 10" and maybe a bit more. Roots at the base of the bulb are for grabbing onto trees for support and nutrients and water comes from what drips and drops onto the plant in the jungle tree it inhabits. Caput Medusae is really exotic and fun sitting in a seashell, terrarium, wood plaque on the wall, or sitting in another plant. Look for the gorgeous blooms on a brilliant scarlet red spike with lovely violet flowers. 

  • Drought Tolerant
  • Low Maintenance 

Quick Care Guide:

  • Water - Medium (3):  Water plant when dry. Plant does not like soil to always be moist, but doesn't like to stay dry once becomes dry. Water as soon as soil is dry.
  • Light - Med/High (4):  Needs more light than most, but direct light not necessary. Can handle morning and afternoon sun directly on leaves.
  • Difficulty - Low (1):  These plants need barely any attention to thrive. Set it and forget it.

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