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Nurseryman's Choice Cryptanthus (House Plant)

Earth Star, Bromeliad

Tender Perennial

What is Tender Perennial?


Colourful foliage and bright exotic blooms

Attractive low-maintenance house plants

Thrive in a warm humid room

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These intriguing Bromeliads have the rather romantic common name of Earth Star! Grown for their star-shaped form and tapering, colourful leaves with sharply-toothed edges, which form a neat rosette of foliage. Despite their tropical origins, Cryptanthus plants are surprisingly easy to grow. They make superb house plants for terrariums or humid environments – perfect for the bathroom or kitchen windowsill! Height: 15cm (6"). Spread: 20cm (8").

Choice is selected from the following options:

  • Cryptanthus bivittatus - Layers of brightly coloured long pointed leaves which form a star shaped habit.
  • Cryptanthus bivittatus 'Pink Starlight' - Striking cream and green variegated foliage which is pink-tinged when young.
  • Cryptanthus 'Rubin Star' - A fantastic, low-maintenance house plant, providing a splash of colour to your home.
  • Cryptanthus 'Red Star' - Grown predominantly for its striking pink foliage.

Please note: Some houseplants are toxic or harmful to pets if ingested. If you believe your pet has consumed a poisonous plant then seek veterinary attention immediately. Take a sample of the plant with you.

Plant height and spread is seasonal therefore we list by pot size rather than a defined plant size. The height and spread of the plant delivered will vary depending on the season, meaning arrival images are an indication only.

Height Up to 15cm (6in)
Spread Up to 20cm (8in)

Tender Perennial


sun or semi shade

1 x 5.5cm potted cryptanthus plant (kb2120)

Cryptanthus enjoy a warm, bright room with good humidity and a minimum temperature of 15C (60F). Position them in good light away from the direct glare of the sun. Cryptanthus enjoy high humidity - this is best achieved by regularly spraying the foliage with rain water.
Water frequently to maintain evenly moist compost. Reduce watering during the winter months, but do not allow the compost to dry out completely. House plants should be fed regularly between March and September when they are in active growth. Use a heavily diluted solution of a balanced fertiliser. These Bromeliads will benefit from regular misting to increase humidity.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £4.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £6.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Large items may incur a higher delivery charge - this will be displayed in your shopping basket.

Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

Van Meuwen strives to ensure that all its plants are delivered to you in the perfect condition for planting. Sadly, the time it takes to deliver to certain locations in the UK means that we can't guarantee this, so regretfully we are unable to ship live plants to the following areas: HS, IV41-IV49, IV51, IV55-56, KW15-KW17, PA34, PA41-48, PA60-PA78, PA80, PH40-PH44, TR21-TR24, ZE1-ZE3

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