- Known as: Octopus Plant, Medusa’s Head Plant
- Place of origin: Native to the forests, mountains and deserts of Central and South America, the southern United States and the West Indies. Belongs to Tillandsia species which are evergreen, perennial flowering plants in the Bromeliaceae family.
- Description: Named for the Greek Goddess Medusa and her hair of snakes. The thick, channeled, tapering and twisting leaves are up to 25 cm long and are covered in fine gray hairs. The rosette of leaves arise from an inflated pseudobulb. Grows to 15 – 40 cm high. It is variable in size. The inflorescence is simple forming 2 – 6 spikes. The petals are blue.
- Grow best: It is one of the most widespread and hardy species. It likes bright and sunny conditions with moderate humidity. Propagate from pups which are produced after blooming.
- Use: Grows well in a terrarium. Can be suspended from wire art forms, art glass orbs and baskets.