Earth Stars Plant
Cryptanthus zonatus, commonly known as the Earth Stars Plant, Zebra plant or Pheasant plant, is a bromeliad species native to Brazil. Most Cryptanthus are epiphytes, but some are terrestrials, and this is one of them. This evergreen perennial grows to produce rosettes of leaves. The leaves are burgundy or brown, strap-like, 2-6 inches long and 1-2 inches wide, with a wavy margin and prominent white bands that look like stripes on a zebra’s skin. Its unique features make it an excellent addition to any garden, providing much-needed variety in a sea of greens.
The flowers usually bloom in summer. They are tiny and white, blooming in irregular clumps. Caring for this plant is easy as these are generally considered low maintenance. Provide it with bright indirect light for the best leaf colour. Too much sunlight will bleach the showy leaves. For potting, use a mixture with good drainage. Warmth and humidity are essential and regular misting is very beneficial. Give it a warm draft-free area, humidity and indirect light and it will happily grow for you.
Bromeliads are ideal for homeowners who don’t want a plant that requires lots of care; they thrive with bright light and humidity. They are non-toxic to animals and can even be grown using soil-free methods, which is perfect for pet owners who want to avoid a cat or dog digging in the dirt.
The Bromeliaceae is a family of monocot flowering plants of 75 genera and around 3590 known species native mainly to the tropical Americas, with a few species found in the American subtropics and one in tropical West Africa, Pitcairnia feliciana.