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Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Plant Height: 6-8 inches
Plant Spread: 10-12 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Variegated
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Common names
  • Earth Star
  • Bromeliad

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Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2023-05-01

Date: October 30, 2010

Date: 2019-06-12
Location: Gulf Coast
Date: 2019-07-05
Pups growing on top of plant after small yellow bloom!
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2019-09-30
'Pink Starlight', 'Red Star' and 'Betty'
Location: Portland Nursery, Portland Or.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Portland Nursery, Portland Or.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: National Botanical Garden (DC) | November 2022
Date: 2022-11-26
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2016-02-08
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2016-09-10
Stays out on patio table under shaded umbrella, except in the dee
Location: Portland Nursery, Portland Or.
  • Uploaded by Joy

Baby plant forming from center of mother plant

Date: Spring 2009
Location: Lincolnton, NC
Date: 2016-10-03
Purple Earth Star

Date: 2013-02-23
Location: BG Bochum (Germany)
Date: 2015-09-23
Non-variegated form - lighter but not sunny spot
Location: BG Bochum (Germany)
Date: 2015-09-23
Non-variegated form - shady spot
Uploaded by Hamwild
Location: Orangeburg, SC
Date: 2016-03-21
Earth Star, a small bromeliad

Date: 2016-09-29
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2016-11-26
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2016-07-06
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2013-10-10
Uploaded by Plantomaniac08

Date: 2015-01-24

Date: 2015-01-24
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2016-10-15
This gets deeper pink in fall and winter, in spring it is almost

Date: August 2011
Growing in old bird feeder that was stuffed with spanish moss but
Location: Orlando Florida
Date: 2011-05-17
Cryptanthus bivittatus
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2013-06-24
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2013-05-10
New plant
Uploaded by Cinta

Date: 2013-02-23
Location: Austria / Wiener Neustadt
Date: 2015-11-18
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2012-02-09 
Growing in a carved out Coconut

Date: 2018-11-26
Location: BG Kopenhagen (Denmark)
Date: 2015-09-25
Uploaded by Plantomaniac08
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: Feb 18, 2012
Photo taken at Al's Garden Center, Woodburn, Oregon
Location: Pacific Northwest, zone 8
Date: Feb 18, 2012
Photo taken at Al's Garden Center, Woodburn, Oregon
Location: At a nursery
Date: 2011-11-22
Location: my garden, Florida
Date: 2018-07-21

Date: 2015-11-24

Date: 2015-11-24
Location: Orlando Florida
Date: 2011-05-17
Cryptanthus bivittatus
Location: Fairfax, VA | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-21
Location: Van der Veer Botanical Garden  Davenport, Iowa
Date: 2012-07-02
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Comments:
  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Dec 4, 2011 5:37 PM concerning plant:
    Native to Brazil, Cryptanthus bivittatus is a slow-growing, spreading bromeliad that has stiff, variegated leaves growing in a rosette form. Mature plants bear small inconspicuous three-petaled white flowers at the center of the rosette, usually in early spring. Cryptanthus gets its common names of Earth Star and Starfish Plant from the form/shape of the plant -- the slim elongated leaves with pointed tips forming a rosette that resembles a star. Propagation is by offsets or little "pups" that form at the base of the parent plant and also at the leaf axils. Cryptanthus bivittatus prefers a well-draining potting medium and bright light. The leaf color will change depending on the light intensity. Keep from direct hot sunlight which will scorch and fade the foliage.
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