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Tillandsia caput-medusae

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One look at this plant explains how it got its name and why it is a cornerstone of any Tillandsia collection. The tendril-like leaves and bulbous base give this plant the appearance of Medusa, one of the monstrous Gorgons in Greek Mythology.

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One look at this plant explains how it got its name and why it is a cornerstone of any Tillandsia collection. The tendril-like leaves and bulbous base give this plant the appearance of Medusa, one of the monstrous Gorgons in Greek Mythology. Don’t worry though staring at this medusa-like plant won’t turn you to stone! T. caput-medusae exhibits similar form to T. butzii. And T. bulbosa. Native to Mexico and Central America T. caput-medusae can be found growing in small clusters of up to 12 plants high up in the trees of tropical and subtropical regions. When T. caput-medusae blooms it produces a red inflorescences with bright violet flowers

T. caput-medusae does well in bright indirect light. This plant is prone to rot as the tightly packed leaves that form the bulbous base are excellent at trapping water. Luckily, T. caput-medusae does not require a dunk or a bath. Misting this species about 3 times a week or more often if the air in your home is very dry is sufficient for these plants to thrive.

Fertilizing is not necessary; however, it encourages faster growth, off-setting, blushing, and blooming! To fertilize, we recommend misting your specimen with a foliar fertilizer such as our Foliar Feed at least once a month.

Your specimen will be about 4-to-5 inches in length.

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Shipping Policy

When shipping live plants, it is vital to ensure their well-being as extended transit times can result in etiolation (characterized by weak stems and leaves and yellowing/browning leaves). While etiolation is not a death sentence, it may affect the plant's aesthetic, and Petrichor of Pachamama strives to provide the best quality products. As such, we ship via USPS Priority Mail. We have partnered with Shippo to ensure that we find you the best shipping rates. Please note that shipping cost is automatically calculated based on the weight of your purchase. Given the nature of the products, we sell variations in weight from what is set as "default" for the products you add to your cart—as such, getting the weight of each order exactly correct is tricky. Petrichor of Pachamama guarantees that if you were overcharged on shipping, we will refund you the difference.


Petrichor of Pachamama is not responsible for lost packages once they leave our facility. You should direct delivery issues to the USPS.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Petrichor of Pachamama ship internationally?

At this time, Petrichor of Pachamama only ships within the United States (including FPO/APO addresses)

Are there any concerns with ordering plants in the summer months?

With summer comes sweltering heat for large swaths of the United States. Extreme heat waves can damage plants left under direct sunlight for more than an hour. It is the responsibility of the customer to retrieve the packages as soon as they are delivered to reduce the time the shipment is exposed to the elements. Petrichor of Pachamama is not responsible for and thus cannot providerefunds or exchanges for any damages incurred through the following:

  1. Failure to retrieve package in a timely manner 

Are there any concerns with ordering plants in the winter months?

Air plants come from regions that are not accustomed to freezing temperatures and thus risk damage if they are exposed to an extended period of temperatures below 38 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are ordering plants and live in a region of the United States that will experience low temperatures it is highly recommended that you add a UniHeat 72-hour heat pack (Here) to your order at an additional cost. Please note that adding a heat pack to your order when your average daytime temperature is above 38 degrees Fahrenheit may result in the arrival of heat stressed plants. Lastly, these heat packs are not guaranteed to keep your plants safe during extreme cold weather events. Please check your weather prior to ordering to determine whether or not you will need to include a heat pack. If you will be experiencing an extreme cold weather event please consider ordering when weather conditions are more favorable. It is the responsibility of the customer to retrieve the packages as soon as they are delivered to reduce the time the shipment is exposed to the elements. Petrichor of Pachamama is not responsible for and thus cannot providerefunds or exchanges for any damages incurred through the following:

  1. The failure to add a heat pack to your order when the weather warrants the use of one (average daytime temperature below 38 degrees Fahrenheit).
  2. The erroneous addition of a heat pack when weather does not require the use of one (average daytime temperature above 38 degrees Fahrenheit)
  3. Packages delivered with or without a heat pack during cold weather events.

Refund Policy

Petrichor of Pachamama does not offer returns or refunds on orders as we take great care when packaging your order and only use quality shipping materials. In the event that you receive the wrong item, contact us immediately so that we can evaluate the issue and make it right. We are not responsible for lost or damaged packages once they leave our facility. Issues with delivery should be directed to the USPS. If you experience missing mail, missing mail information and forms can be found here: https://www.usps.com/help/missing-mail.htm


You can always contact us for any questions about our policies at petrichor.of.pachamama@gmail.com.

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