Caput Medusae air plants are named for their resemblance to Medusa, the Greek goddess famous for her hair made of snakes. Also known as an “Octopus” plant, this plant features long, tentacle-like leaves that grow in a swirling pattern up from the base. We are thrilled to offer this highly unique and sought-after air plant at a truly impressive size of 6 to 10 inches in height, as well as smaller varieties between 2 to 5 inches in height.
This plant’s maturity and larger size means that its care requirements are even less than smaller air plants. Large air plants can tolerate less watering and less lighting than their smaller counterparts. Caput Medusae are particularly gorgeous when in bloom; they typically bloom 2 to 3 times a year, featuring bright pink or purple blooms.
These indoor plants don't need soil to grow, so they can flourish in many different environments. Additionally, they require only a moderate amount of light and only need watering about once a week, making them the lowest-maintenance plants available!
What separates these unique plants from other plants are their leaves, which have adapted to absorb water and nutrients from the air. This allows air plants to thrive when they are suspended in the air or grown atop driftwood and rocks. Air plants are perfect for terrariums, cages, and glass containers with holes or gaps that allow for plenty of air flow. There are a myriad of other creative ways to display air plants; the possibilities are limited only by your imagination!
We recommend keeping air plants where they receive a moderate amount of light. Indirect sunlight and artificial home/office lighting are appropriate for these plants. It's generally safe to keep air plants in direct sunlight for a short period of time each day, but we recommend misting them with water every 2 hours or so to keep them from drying out. The optimal way to water air plants is to soak them in water for 2 hours once per week. If you find the leaves of your air plants are becoming soft or pale in color, this means the plant is too dry and should be watered more often.
Purchasing air plants through Plants for Pets has the following benefits:
Eco-friendly: Many Tillandsias are becoming endangered in the wild due to over collection. To protect these threatened resources, 100% of our air plants are greenhouse grown and never wild-collected.
Healthy live arrival guaranteed: Your air plants will arrive alive and healthy. Each order will come with a 100 percent live arrival guarantee, plus free email support directly from us.
Supporting homeless animals: A portion of the proceeds made here at Plants for Pets will go toward paying the adoption fees and covering the housing costs of at-risk dogs and cats at Indianapolis Animal Care Services.