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Earth Star
Scientific Name: Cryptanthus bivittatus (Hook.) Regel
Family: Bromeliaceae
Earth Star (Cryptanthus  bivittatus)
Cryptanthus bivittatus 'Major' freshly watered
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 17,23-24
USDA: 10

Frost Tolerance: Semi tender in Phoenix, needs protection on coldest nights plus a southern exposure

Heat Tolerance: Resistant, keep in a shady place

Sun Exposure: Light shade to shade

Origin: Dry forest of eastern Brazil

Growth Habits: Rosette from 6 12 inches in diameter (15 to 30 cm)

Watering Needs: Somewhat drought resistant but abundant water will insure optimum growth

Propagation: Offsets that appear between the leaves

The genus name 'Cryptanthus' comes from the Greek for 'hidden flowers', in reference to the rather inconspicuous inflorescence.

Cultural Practices:
Cryptanthus are terrestrial bromeliads. C. bivittatus is one of the most common and the easiest to grow from a genus that contains about 20 species plus countless hybrids. It grows fairly well in Phoenix and is definitely worth trying. You can get them relatively inexpensively when your supermarket, or home improvement store has them. They are growing easily in pot but can be planted directly in the ground.
They will survive winter if they are in a warmer location of your garden, cover them on frosty nights.

Blooming Habits:
Inconspicuous white flowers.

Fruiting Habits:

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