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Earth Stars are types of plants called Bromeliads that are known for straplike leaves and central bowl that collects water.  Bromeliads are varied in their growth patterns.  They can produce large fruits (such as the Pineapple) or live on the branches of trees (such as with Spanish Moss).

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Earth Star   Red Star (Cryptanthus bivittatus)

Starfish Plant

Earth Stars are mostly dwarf, terrestrial perennials native to Eastern Brazil.  They are rosettes with strap-shaped leaves that form a bowl in the center of the plant.  The "bowl" of leaves captures water which the plant uses for water storage.

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Plant Types: Interior Plant, Perennial, Tropical
Light: Shade
Height: 4 inches
Width: 10 inches
Zones: 15a to 15b
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Seasons: Early summer, Mid summer, Late summer
Leaf Color: Green, Pink, Red, Variegated, White
Special Features: Not North American native
Fertilizer: Miracle-Gro® Nursery Select Miracid® Water Soluble Plant Food
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Plant Care

When ripe, sow seeds at 81ºF (27ºC). In early summer, conduct removal of the offsets.

Plant Growth:

Earth stars grow best in partial shade, or bright filtered light, with moderate to high humidity. In areas that are tropical and humid, starfish plants work great in a bed or border. Where temperatures drop under 59-68ºF (15-20ºC), raise plants indoors, as houseplants, in a bottle garden, or in a warm greenhouse. A warm greenhouse has a minimum temperature of 55ºF (13ºC). During the day, temperatures should be set to 55-64ºF (13-18ºC) or above, and at night, the temperature should be at 55ºF (13ºC).


Blooms small, star-shaped flowers in the center of star-like leaf rosettes, in summer.

Soil and Irrigation:

Earth stars grow well in soil that is moist, moderately fertile, acidic, well-draining, and supplemented with fibrous organic material. Terrestrial bromeliad potting mixes work fine for indoor plants. Water moderately during the growing season, and mist with tepid water on a regular basis. Provide less water in winter.


Needs moderately fertile soil to grow well. Apply a dilute fertilizer on a monthly basis during the growing season.


Pruning is generally not necessary.


Earth stars are prone to scale insects and mealybugs.