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Bromeliaceae
Cryptanthus bivittatus cultiovar ‘Ruby’


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Herb

Bromeliaceae Family

Cryptanthus Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Starfish Plant


Location

Native to the Dry forest of eastern Brazil

Physical Description
C. bivittatus is a terrestrial bromeliad that is low-spreading and slow-growing, reaching 6 inches (15 cm) in height. A smaller and petite species of the genus Cryptanthus with beautiful variegated leaves that are spirally-arranged in a flattish rosette that ranges from 6-12 inches (15-30cm) in diameter. The rosette formed by the colorful slender leaves with pointed tips, takes on a star-like shape that resembles a fallen star or starfish, hence attributing to its common names, Earth Star and Starfish Plant.

An evergreen perennial that bears stiff and strong leaves which are elongated and lanceolate in shape, with undulated and serrated margins and bending backwards at the tips. The leaves measure between 2-6 inches (5-15 cm) long and are attractively variegated with longitudinal stripes in a combination of 2 or more colors, ranging from various tones of pink, red to crimson or maroon, white to cream and light green to dark olive-green.




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General Information

Cultivation: Cryptanthus bivittatus grows easily with minimum care. Given the right conditions, it will reward you handsomely with its stunning variegated foliage in fabulous colors. Bright light indoors or full sun outdoors for best foliage color. However, extreme sunlight that causes bleaching or sunburn should be avoided and a filtered sunny location is much preferred. It tolerates low to medium light or shade, but colors will be less vibrant, dull or change altogether. Medium water requirement and moderately drought tolerant. It loves humid conditions. Any kind of loose and porous potting medium, such as soil mixture of peat, sand and perlite that can hold moisture yet well-drained. Keep soil evenly moist but not soggy and never allow to totally dry out.

Propagation: From offsets or pups that appear from the leaf axils or at the base of the parent plant. To propagate new plants, remove the pups from the mother plant with a slight tug when they are at least one-third the size of the mother plant. Then insert the pup’s bottom stem tip into potting soil and firm the soil around it. It should root easily in moist soil and warm conditions





Earth Star




Earth Star


Comment: Earth Star, Cryptanthus bivittatus cultiovar ‘Ruby’

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gardengeek
gardengeek
June 20, 2010
That is beautiful.

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