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PlantFiles: 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

One vendor has this plant for sale.

5 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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

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

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us


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

Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

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


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

Boca Raton, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Loxahatchee, Florida
Miami, Florida
Navarre, Florida

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