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Cryptanthus bivittatus 'Ruby'

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About This Product

Species Name: Cryptanthus bivittatus ‘Ruby’

Common name(s): Earth Stars

Defining Characteristics: 

  • Striped tapered carmine leaves have tiny teeth with wavy margins
  • Although they are a member of the Bromeliaceae family, Cryptanthus are terrestrial and grow in the soil using their roots to absorb water and nutrients rather than using a cup to store water like other bromeliads
  • Recommended as a foreground plant as it will quickly form clusters of small, upright growths with pink leaves

Recommended Pot Size: Small

Josh’s Frogs offers a wide variety of glass terrariums, container garden soils, drainage layers, and other supplies for all of your indoor gardening needs.


Temperature requirement: 60 - 85°F

Humidity: Humid (70-100%) 

Watering frequency: During summer months water once a week moderately; In winter water once a month 

Lighting: Partial Shade 

Soil type: Well-draining potting soil or a prepared soil mixture such as Josh's Frogs Potting Soil mix offered here

Growth rate: Slow

Height: 6 inches tall; 15 inches wide

Origin:  South America; Brazil

Regional locality: Found growing on the rainforest floor in sunny clearings

USDA Hardiness Zone: 10-11

Suggested Vivarium/ Animal Terrarium Use:




  • Frogs & Toads
  • Lizards & turtles
  • Aquatic Set-ups
  • Frogs & Toads
  • Lizards & turtles
  • Snakes
  • Geckos
  • Temperate Vivariums



  • Frogs & Toads ✔
  • Lizards & turtles ✔
  • Snakes ✔
  • Geckos ✔
  • Tropical Vivariums ✔
  • Toads
  • Lizards and tortoises
  • Geckos
  • Desert Vivariums

Care Notes: After flowering, the mother plant will die back while also producing new pup plants 

Shipping Notes: 

As a good practice, Josh's Frogs recommends washing all plants thoroughly removing as much soil as possible with dechlorinated water before placing them in their final home. Live plants may vary in color, size, and appearance.

The plant pictured is in a 2.5" pot.


This product ships to your doorstep. Most orders placed before 2pm ET on business days will ship out the same day.

Import/export restrictions on this product require that it can only be shipped to destinations within the United States.

Restrictions on this product that prohibit shipping to the following states: HI.

Live Arrival Guarantee

This product is covered under our Live Arrival Guarantee. If your insect/animal does not arrive in good health, we'll make it right, provided the following criteria are met:

  • If shipped Two Day, the temperature experienced during shipping must remain between -20 and 120 °F.
  • If shipped Next Day, the temperature experienced during shipping must remain between -40 and 120 °F.
  • If shipped Ground, the temperature experienced during shipping must remain between 20 and 85 °F.

You'll be notified during the checkout process if your purchase qualifies for our guarantee.

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Great plant

Recieved this plant wonderfully packaged. With great color all leaves intact great roots. The plant was just smaller that I expected.


Look awesome in my terrarium

I love the color and how it looks, great product will getting more in future.


Beautiful Bromeliad

Small plant arrived happy and healthy. It has many leaves and all are intact. The colors are intense and rich, it adds the perfect splash of color to contrast and compliment all the other greenery in my terrarium.


Better in person

This little plant is gorgeous! The coloring is so bright! It arrived in fantastic shape and was expertly packed. This is definitely a gem in my vivarium!! It’s a bit smaller then I expected, about 3-4” across but it’s so healthy and beautiful! I couldn’t be happier with my purchase and will be ordering again! Thanks!


Darkening up

Mine arrived not as dark as what's pictures. Looked very similar to Pink Starlite, which I hands down prefer. Time is passing and it's starting to darken up. Looks quite nice placed in front of my ferns to really make the red pop. Arrived healthy and happy.

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