Orthophytum sp.

Also known as:

  • Cryptanthus cavaulis
  • Fuzzy Earth Star

Plant Type

bromeliad

Zones

10a-11

Size

H:8"-12"
W:8"-12"

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

well-drained

Water Needs:

even moisture

Special Situation:

humidity tolerant

Sun Exposure:

mostly sun, bright shade, mostly shade

Features

Flower Color:

white

Foliage Color:

bronze, green

Tags

houseplant
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This unusual, large cryptanthus has large, 10" by 1-1/2", bronzy-green leaves which appear to be fuzzy from white leaf-scales that grow on top of the leaves. It forms a loose rosette and produces small white blooms on a tall, 18-24" stalk, which are followed by small plantlets, giving a rather unique effect. It is very easy to grow. Cryptanthus are one of the easiest terrestrial bromeliads to grow. Provide with a well-drained soil, average moisture, and high humidity. High light levels ,but not direct sun, will produce the most intense foliage colors, colored forms may pale or even turn green under low light levels.

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