Cryptanthus
Cryptanthus 'Black Magic'

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

Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

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:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

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

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Silver/Gray

Dark/Black

Mottled

Leathery-Textured

Other details:

This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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:

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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

Regional

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

Carlsbad, California

Bartow, Florida

Miami, Florida (2 reports)

Odessa, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Puyallup, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jan 26, 2004, wnstarr from Puyallup, WA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Edgewood, Washington
One of the great earthstar bromeliads. It forms a star with its leaves and the plant hugs the ground. It will bloom with small white flowers, plant will die after blooming, but will bear many "pups" to take mothers place. Leaves are bronze brown with silver zigzag bands across the leaves. It prefers a loose soil-less mix and bright indirect light. Is only a houseplant in areas that are not tropical or semi-tropical.

Positive

On Jan 23, 2004, NestEggFarms from Alachua, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Cryptanthus Black Mystic - is a small dark Cryptanthus that has almost a black/grey foliage. Although it is used mainly in the interior as a small accent plant it can be used outdoors but must be protected.