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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
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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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Dec 4, 2011 5:37 PM

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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