Earth Star, Starfish Plant 'Pink Starlite'

Cryptanthus bivittatus

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)


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

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

Where to Grow:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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!


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.


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.