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pallastheartist
May 8, 2020 9:10 AM CST
Trying to get a positive ID on this guy - I bought this plant from a farmers market last summer and it was mostly red. foliage has changed color since then to what is shown in the picture (taken yesterday). It's struggling a little bit, so I'm trying to ID it so I can provide the right conditions. Thanks!
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Name: Stefan
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skopjecollection
May 8, 2020 9:42 AM CST
crypthanthus ...cant offer care advice..it is a terrestrial bromeliad...
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Name: Sandra
Miami FL (Zone 10b)
slaguila
May 9, 2020 7:39 PM CST
As Stefan said its a Cryptanthus Bromeliad or Earth Star or red star
I think needs more sun, mine was like that on the shade, I moved to get more sun and now is red. They are easy to care
Earth Star (Cryptanthus 'Red Star')

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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
May 9, 2020 8:13 PM CST
I also agree, a variety of Earth Star (Cryptanthus bivittatus) but I don't know how you can be certain that it's the cultivar named 'Red Star'.
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Name: Sandra
Miami FL (Zone 10b)
slaguila
May 9, 2020 8:49 PM CST
sorry ... I thought red star was another name for the earth star... now I know is not. Thanks!!
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plantmanager
May 9, 2020 8:53 PM CST
It could be Cryptanthus "Cascade". Mine look like that now, but can get very red.
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
May 9, 2020 8:55 PM CST
It could be Cryptanthus "Cascade". Mine look like that now, but can get very red.
Cryptanthus 'Cascade'
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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
May 10, 2020 7:20 AM CST
slaguila said:sorry ... I thought red star was another name for the earth star... now I know is not. Thanks!!

Earth Star is the common name for Cryptanthus and there are a lot of named cultivars. 'Red Star' is a cultivar name, like 'Elaine', 'Ruby', 'Betty', 'Ruby Red', etc. We have lots of species and cultivars listed here in our database. Some of them get such pretty coloration! I'd love to find the one named 'Elaine', it is really beautiful! https://garden.org/plants/sear...

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Name: Sandra
Miami FL (Zone 10b)
slaguila
May 10, 2020 10:50 AM CST
guau ... how many cultivars! Thanks for sharing the link

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