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Tillandsia caput-medusae

Distributed in Mexico(Sonora, Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Durango, Nayarit, Jalisco, Vera Cruz, Puebla, Morelos, Mexico, Michoacán, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Chiapas), Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua at altitudes from 40 to 2,400 m.


Tillandsia caput-medusae

Tillandsia (Tillandsia) caput-medusae É. Morren (1880)

Common names: Octopus plant, Medusa's head



  • [ Blooming ] June - July, for 20 days
  • [ Flower ] Purple
  • [ Fregrance ] None
  • [ Blooming size ] 3 - 5 cm (W) x 7 - 15 cm (H)
  • Very feeble under poor ventilation circumstance.

Cultivaton tips

Informations summarized here are based on our experiences, and TrekGEO does not guarantee the results by cultivating in the same or similar conditions described here. Even a species of Tillandsia differs substantially between individuals, and is very sensitive in changes of environments. Applicatons of any idea inspired by this site should be at your own risks.

Very high watering frequency cultivation

Grows well. It is important to dry perfectly after watering and cultivate under good ventilation.

Low watering frequency cultivation

It does not grow well at all. It dies in summer because of poor ventilation.

Cultivation Log (4th foliage)

  • May 2022 Roots began to grow.

  • July 2021 Roots began to grow.

  • Aug. 2020 An offset began to grow at the bottom of the foliage which has not been bloomed.

  • Mar 2019 Leaves of the foliage, which bloomed in 2016, began to turn brown.

  • July 2018 It bloomed.
  • June 2018 An offset began to grow at the bottom of the foliage.
  • June 2018 An inflorescence began to grow.

  • July 2017 Roots began to grow.
  • June 2017 The offset has grown as large as the original foliage.

  • June 2016 An offset began to grow at the bottom of the foliage.
  • June 2016 Began to bloom!
  • Mar. 2016 An inflorescence began to grow.

  • July 2015 Roots began to grow.

Cultivation Log (3rd foliage)

  • July 2009 It died.

  • Dec. 2008 Roots keep growing.

  • Nov. 2006 Roots began to grow.

Cultivation Log (2nd foliage)

  • July 2006 It died.
  • Mar. 2006 Good condition.

Cultivation Log (1st foliage)

  • Sept. 2005 It died.

  • Dec. 2004 Leaves turned pale red.
  • Sept. 2004 It had stopped growing during the summer but began to grow again.
  • Aug. 2004 The temperature rises above 30 °C for 40 days, and the highest temperature was over 39 °C.
  • Aug. 2004 Roots are growing.

  • Sept. 2003 The offset has grown to the same size as the original foliage. The original foliage was removed as it died.
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