Scientific Name: Tillandsia caput-medusae

  • Waterwise 
  • Likes bright light with some soft/mild sunlight
  • Likes to be in a warm place
  • Loves humidity 
  • Plant level: easy

Also called Medusa's Head due to the the snake-like leaves or tendrils that grow from the bulb, the Giant Medusa is a elegant Air Plant featuring silver-grey leaves and pink or green Bromeliad-like spike. When the Giant Medusa flowers, it produces small deep blue-purple buds. 

The Giant Medusa Air Plant can be displayed in a number of ways; placed on a window-sill or shelf, mounted on wood or bark, propped upright in a specialised Air Plant holder, or hung from the ceiling.

The Giant Medusa loves humidity, so placing it in a bright windowsill in your bathroom or kitchen is a sure winner!

As the Giant Medusa needs a lot of bright light to encourage flowering, you can also place it somewhere where it will get some sunlight - just be sure that the sun that the plant is getting is not scorching sun, so somewhere where it can get gentle early morning and later afternoon sun is best. Just remember, the brighter/sunnier the space, the more water it may need.


Follow these instructions to keep your Giant Medusa healthy and happy.

Water: How your Air Plant gets watered is very important. You should first assess the plants environment to determine the watering regime it will need. How much light is the plant receiving? Is the space very dry? You may prefer to soak your plant or mist it. If you soak your plant, you should soak it every one to two weeks for 5-10 minutes. Soak the plant in bottled or rain water at room temperature. Do not soak in cold water. After soaking it is very important to gently shake off the excess water. Turn the plant upside down on a towel in a very bright spot. Air plants will rot quickly if they are allowed to stand in excess water. The plant should take no more than 3 hours to dry out fully - if the plant stays wet longer than this you need to place it in a brighter spot with more air circulation. Make sure you water your plant in the morning, and not at night.

If you prefer to mist your plant, you may do so 1-2 times a week (depending how quickly your plant dries out between waterings). Mist the plant thoroughly, so that the entire surface of the plant is moistened (but not dripping wet). Shake off any excess water.

Do not allow the plant to become waterlogged. Ensure that the bulb does not retain excess water in the crevices and bulb area to prevent rot.

Light: Plenty of bright light, and even some sunlight will make this Air Plant happy. Ensure that the sunlight it does get is not too hot - early morning or late afternoon sun is fine.
Humidity: Humidity is important to the Giant Medusa. Mist the plant more regularly if placed in a room that is particularly dry.
Fertiliser: You can fertilise your Air Plant now and then with a balanced liquid fertilser that has been watered down a lot. Add the diluted fertiliser to the spray bottle and mist the plant twice a month during the spring and summer months. 

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We use a network of vetted couriers to safely deliver your order. The costs and delivery times are as follows:

Collections: 83 Kloof Nek Road, Gardens, Cape Town
No Charge. We'll notify you once your order is ready, usually 1-2 days from order.

Cape Town & Surrounds
R50 fee, delivery usually within 1-3 working days from order.

Major Centers (Jhb, Dbn etc)
R85 fee, delivery usually within 4-5 working days from order.

Regional Areas (e.g. Hermanus)
R100 fee, delivery 1-3 days from order (CPT regional), 4-5 days (rest of SA)

Unfortunately, we are not able to deliver to rural areas, such as farms.

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