Common name: Medusa's head air plant
Native to: Mexico and Central America
Tillandsia are evergreen perennials, often epiphytic, forming rosettes of leathery, linear or strap-shaped leaves, and tubular or funnel-shaped flowers which may be 2-ranked in spikes with conspicuous bracts, or solitary and inconspicuous.
T. caput-medusae is an evergreen, epiphytic, frost-tender perennial to 15cm tall. Its linear, grey-green leaves, up to 25cm long, are twisted and incurved and form a bulb-like base. From spring into summer, flower spikes are produced comprising red bracts from which violet-mauve tubular flowers emerge
Native / exotic: Exotic
Aspect: Partial to full shade; will tolerate full sun in very moist and humid environments. Best in bright, filtered light. Must be sheltered.
Flowers: Red spikes or bracts from which violet-mauve tubular flowers emerge
Foliage: Linear, grey-green leaves, twisted and incurved from a bulb-like base
Growth habit: Epiphyte, hanging from trees or rock or secured to a piece of bark.
Hardiness: Requires maintenance; misting every day and soaking in hotter months.
Height: Up to 30 cm
Spread: Up to 30 cm
Soil requirements: Air plant; no soil
Uses: Attractive growing through shaded tree branches or as art of a vertical wall with other Bromeliad species.