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PlantFiles: Cryptanthus
Cryptanthus 'Cafe Au lait'

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

Category:
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
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:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Evergreen
Bronze-Green
Leathery-Textured

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant is monocarpic
Suitable for growing in containers

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

Patent Information:
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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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Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive MotherNature4 On Aug 28, 2004, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a small cryptanthus which forms a rosette close to the soil. After blooming, pups (new plants) will form between leaves of the mother plant. I like to allow them to multiply naturally, then carefully remove the mother plant when it dies.

The leaves are the light coffee color of cafe au lait.

Regional...

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

Bartow, Florida



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