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Cryptanthus 'Red Star'

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

One vendor has this plant for sale.

3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

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

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

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is monocarpic
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

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

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

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DavidLMo 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 vallie927 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 wormfood 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 rntx22 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.


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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