Earth Star, Starfish Plant
Cryptanthus bivittatus 'Black Mystic'

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

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:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Boca Raton, Florida

Brooksville, Florida

Loxahatchee, Florida

Miami, Florida

Navarre, Florida

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Nov 18, 2008, haworthialover from Nevada, MO (Zone 5b) wrote:

I just recieved this plant. I ordered it from joshsfrogs.com (fyi great seller). I was impressed with the size of the plant and the roots. The leaves are bigger than my other cryptanthus.