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Tillandsia caput-medusae

Air plant

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Features

  • BloomsMay to October
  • Height0.15m to 0.4m
  • Spread0.15m to 0.25m
  • Growth HabitRosette
  • Flower ColourBlue, red
  • Leaf ColourGrey green

Description

Tillandsia caput-medusae (Air plant). This species is an epiphytic perennial with rosettes of linear to lance-shaped,grey-green scaly leaves, and leaf blades are covered in hairs. The flowers are borne in spikes of tubular blue blooms with red bracts in late spring.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Epiphytic

Origin

Mexico & C.America

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers or overall appearance.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are frost tender, You should plant in well-drained soil, sphagnum moss or on slabs of bark. You can propagate from offsets or by division in spring to summer.

Propagation

You can propagate from offsets or by division in spring to summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Aphid vulnerability when flowering.

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