Red Earth Star
Cryptanthus bivittatus 'Ruby'
This bromeliad displays striking red-on-darker-red variegation when given good light.
Natural habitat and growing conditions:
A terrestrial (ground-dwelling) bromeliad native to drier areas of Brazil, this plant requires bright light, and warm conditions to perform well. Individual plants only live for 6-16 months; after flowering the plant does not grow any more but "pups" are produced from the base of the leaves which break off and form a new plant.
Notes of interest:
- This earth star plant is closely related to the pineapple,
although Cryptanthus bivittatus typically only gets 6-8 inches across and tall.
- If given low light or an incomplete spectrum, the red coloration disappears and the leaves turn green.
- When grown under most LED lights, this plant will not have red coloration due to missing colors in the light spectrum, but with Black Dog LED lights it displays a vibrant, deep red color.