Earth Star, Starfish Plant
Cryptanthus bivittatus 'Ruby'

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cryptanthus (krip-TAN-thus) (Info)
Species: bivittatus (biv-it-TAY-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Ruby

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 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:

Full Sun

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:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Burgundy

Leathery-Textured

Other details:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

This plant is monocarpic

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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

Bartow, Florida

Lecanto, Florida

Vero Beach, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Positive

On Oct 5, 2008, masang from province of Nueva Vizcaya
Philippines wrote:

A friend gave me a mature one, actually looks discolored and what i thought upon seeing is that its hopeless. But since its a bromeliad i planted it and hoping to give me a pup. As weeks passed... i am becoming frustrated in addition that one of its foliage were rotting so i just put it aside and never gave a drink...then one morning upon checking my other plants, i've noticed that this neglected one were giving me a pup. I've waited for it to mature and in total i have four pups.

Positive

On Sep 28, 2008, Neuling from Carrollton, TX wrote:

I found this unusual plant for sale at Wal-Mart, and I remember being drawn to it because my husband said its leaves looked just like bacon. So I took home two of these "bacon plants," and placed it out on the balcony in full sunlight. Before I knew it, both plants had two offspring, and even one plant bloomed. Once the offspring were of a good size, I planted all four into a separate pot. Neither of them seemed to have produced roots (or at least none that I have noticed), they have remained alive for weeks and have even grown larger.

The two original plants have two more offspring coming up again. At this rate, I'll have the whole balcony covered. This plant has required minimal care and just deepens its red color as it stays in the sun. Very much fun to grow.

Positive

On Feb 25, 2006, Chris_Lorry from Vero Beach, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I didn't know these were supposed to die! I have had mine for years and it has pupped MANY times :) So far the plants all seem very healthy.
I have many cryptanthus and they are all very easy to maintain.

Positive

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

Bright light brings out the deep ruby color of this little gem.

It is common for mother plants to keep producing pups for some time if they are cared for. The leaves will eventually die, but the old stub will still reproduce.

Positive

On Nov 26, 2003, KARLAE from Freeport, TX wrote:

OUR PLANT BLOOMED THIS SUMMER (NOT A SPECTACULAR BLOOM,BUT AT LEAST IT DID) THEN SET 2 PUPS, WHICH WE POTTED SEPARATELY. WE THOUGHT WE'D LEAVE THE PARENT AROUND UNTIL IT DIED JUST FOR COLOR, BUT NOW ( NOVEMBER ) IT HAS SET 3 NEW PUPS. SUPPOSEDLY IT SHOULD DIE, BUT I'M NOT COMPLAINING!