Cryptanthus zonatus 'Zebrinus'
Native range: Natural form found in Brazil
Known names: Earth Stars
Hardiness: Best kept above 60°F
Mature Size: ~6" tall, ~8" wide
Light: Bright morning sun, dappled light, artificial light, colors best with morning sun or under bright grow light.
Water: Keep soil evenly moist, can dry out briefly
Soil: Standard potting mix. Benefits from added perlite/pumice.
Dormancy Period: N/A
Plant Size: Grown in 4" pot, shipped semi bare root
Very stiff dark bronze leaves with white powdery bands. Slightly serrated edges. Occasional vertical streaks of pink can be seen under the veil of grayness.
Cryptanthus zonatus ARE ground-dwellers (unlike many other bromeliads which are best grown epiphytically.). In the wild they are found growing under trees with dappled light shining onto them. Sometimes they are sold as succulents but this is only very partially true in the sense that they are relatively drought-tolerant, but other than that they do not really retain moisture to survive long periods of drought. They will produce "pups" on top of the mother plant; instead of underneath/on the side. The "pups" can be knocked off fairly easily but you can simply plop them back into the soil and have yourself a new plant.
We find that these color up best with just morning sun or under very bright grow light in case you're looking for a colorful terrarium plant.
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