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Earth Star

Cryptanthus zonatus

Also known as

Zebraplant, Zebra Plant, Star Fish Plant

Partial Shade
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

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  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Earth Star Overview

Cryptanthus zonatus is a terresrrial bromeliad from the Bromeliaceae family. This unusual plant is commonly known by the names Earth Star, Zebra Plant and Star Fish Plant. It produces flat, irregularly-shaped rosettes up to about 30cm in diameter. Wide, strap-shaped leaves are produced from a central rosette, they are dark green and wavy-edged with striped silver-white and purple banding. Tubular-white flowers appear on short stems above the foliage, from the centre of each rosette in the summer. Earth Star plants are grown more for the foliage over the flowers. Grow out of direct sunlight, in partial shade and moist, well-draining soil. Originating from Brazil, it will benefit from increased humidity, consider grouping plants together or using a pebble tray to increase humidity.

Common problems with Earth Star

How to propagate Earth Star


You can propagate by offsets or suckers in late spring.

Special features of Earth Star

Attractive leaves

Pot plant

Indoor plant

Other uses of Earth Star

Grown for their attractive foliage. Can be grown in a Terraria.