Earth Star Plant - Cryptanthus bivittatus 'Light Pink Star'

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Scientific Name
Cryptanthus bivittatus (hidden flower, double banded) 'Light Pink Star'

Common Name
Light Pink Star Earth Star, Light Pink Star Starfish Plant, Rose-Stripe Star, Earth Star Bromeliad

Native to Brazil

The Earth Star is a striking plant whose leaves form a star-like rosette. As it grows, new leaves sprout from the centre and the plant gets taller, growing multiple layers of star-shaped foliage! These leaves are stiff, like other Bromeliad species, but unlike some it needs to be watered from the roots rather than a central well. This variety's striped leaves are patterned with a delicate light pink colour, contrasting with its varied shades of green leaf colouring. It can grow out in a pot but, thanks to its love of humidity, will benefit from growing in a glass cabinet or terrarium, or in a group of plants where the humidity level will be higher.


Bright, indirect light will be best for this plant. It will benefit from the addition of some direct sun in autumn and winter, to help it through its natural winter dormancy.


Allow the top third of the soil to dry out between waters, and reduce further in autumn and winter.

It will accept average room humidity, but this plant will thrive in slightly higher humidity, and will benefit from the introduction of a pebble tray, or from being grown in a terrarium or with a group of plants to raise the humidity level. Avoid radiators which will dry the plant out far too quickly!

A quick-draining but moisture retentive soil will work well; add coir or a little grit alongside zeolite, or use a mix designed for syngoniums, for best results. Repot every two years in spring as the plant grows.

Feed every four waters in the growing season, reduce to every six in autumn and winter.


Ideal temperature is 18-30°C; make sure it does not get colder than 15°C in winter.

Yes, but too much nibbling won't be good for pets, small humans or the plant! The leaves can also feel sharp, so watch your fingers.

Sprouts Top Tips
These plants can suffer from being overwatered if they are in a location with too little light, so keep an eye on both the water and light level to keep the plant happy. Signs of overwatering include yellowing of older leaves, while too little water can cause leaves to go brown and curl at the edges. If you're putting it in a brighter spot, it's a good idea to introduce it gradually so it gets used to the sun.


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