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PlantFiles: Earth Star, Starfish Plant
Cryptanthus bivittatus 'Pink Starlite'

Family: Bromeliaceae (bro-mee-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cryptanthus (krip-TAN-thus) (Info)
Species: bivittatus (biv-it-TAY-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Pink Starlite
Additional cultivar information: (aka Pink Starlight)

One vendor has this plant for sale.

10 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

under 6 in. (15 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 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:
White/Near White

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

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

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

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DearSandra On Jan 24, 2011, DearSandra from Coos Bay, OR wrote:

This is a lovely houseplant, not finicky. I have it in a large mixed pot with other succulent/aloe/agave mix and it has similar needs. The color is striking. I paid $20 for my first one at an orchid show, touted as an orchid-growing aid (light requirements are the same). I just found a bunch at WalMart for $2.50 and bought all 5 they had. I plan to share with my plant buddies. They're beautiful.

Positive rinomanfroni On Jan 10, 2009, rinomanfroni from Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have this plant since almost 12 months, and when I bought it, this plant was reddish. I found out that if I leave this plant on a window sill it turns green, while if I keep it in a darker area of the room, the foliage becomes red again. This changing-color process takes up to 1 month.

Pretty amazing adaptation!

Neutral madi_rae On Oct 3, 2004, madi_rae from Cumming, GA wrote:

I just bought one of these beautiful pink Earth Stars from Ingles. It is quite pretty, especially since they had it in a square glass pot with soil, moss, and rocks.Someone said that the pink coloured part would glow at night.

Positive angel003 On Jun 10, 2003, angel003 wrote:

Earth star is very easy to grow. It claims to need high humidity, so I spray mine once daily. This is a beautiful plant that needs a lot of sun to maintain the leaf color. MIne has flowered a few times and the rosette has not died, but new ones have formed. This houseplant is much easier to care for than most in my opinion. Looks great grouped together with same species or as a focal point in an arrangement.


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

Daphne, Alabama
Fallbrook, California
Monrovia, California
Bartow, Florida
Miami, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Palm Bay, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Geismar, Louisiana
Monroe, Louisiana
Germantown, Maryland
Baldwinville, Massachusetts
Cincinnati, Ohio
Coos Bay, Oregon
Arlington, Texas
Nacogdoches, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas

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