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PlantFiles: Cryptanthus
Cryptanthus 'Mars'

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

Category:
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

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

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

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year

Foliage:
Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is monocarpic

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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

Profile:

2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive MotherNature4 On Nov 23, 2005, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This attractive cryptanthus is a cross between 2 species, C. lacerdae X C. bivittatus. It looks a great deal like the bivittatus parent.

Positive tekbehr On Jul 30, 2002, tekbehr wrote:

I have found this hybrid easy (OK, most all of the Crypts are easy). In less than ideal lighting conditions, this hybrid appears more green with silver banding and more closely resembles the species lacerdae (which is one of this hybrid's parents).



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