Earth Star, Starfish Plant
Cryptanthus 'Red Star'

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cryptanthus (krip-TAN-thus) (Info)
Cultivar: Red Star

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Pink

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Variegated

Leathery-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

This plant is monocarpic

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

East Haven, Connecticut

Lecanto, Florida

Barbourville, Kentucky

Saint Joseph, Missouri

Fort Worth, Texas

Houston, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Oct 28, 2014, DavidLMo from St Joseph, MO wrote:

A cute little indoor plant. Mine bloomed this year and made 4 baby plants atop Mom. Not sure if they can be cut off and rooted. Periodically adds the pinkish red color.

Purchased mine at drastic mark down and glad I did.

Positive

On Apr 10, 2013, vallie927 from East Haven, CT wrote:

Hi everyone! I think that this is the type of plant that I have except mine is green. It said 'red star' on the pot when I bought it. So I guess my question is .... does it only turn red at certian times?

Positive

On Dec 23, 2010, wormfood from Lecanto, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have mine outside in a shadehouse, it survived the dipping temps last winter (20*s for over a week) but did not like it. It turns red around August every year.

Positive

On May 3, 2009, rntx22 from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I kept it indoors in a bright window over winter, and now have it on my porch where it gets morning sun. It has developed more pink coloring since I put it outdoors in AM sun.