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Earth Star Bromeliad (Crypanthus bivittatus)

Earth Star Bromeliad (Crypanthus bivittatus)

Common name: Earth Star Bromeliad

Scientific name: Crypanthus bivittatus


Description: striped, wavy leaves with small teeth running along the leaf edge. Can come in a variety of red, pink, white and green tones. ‘Earth stars’ are native to brazilian rainforests, where they can be found growing on humid, light dappled forest floors. Unlike other bromeliad species that attach themselves to trees and other plants, this type prefers to grow terrestrially using its stemless rosettes and small root system to anchor into the soil. Earth stars are capable of reaching widths of 60cm across if provided with optimal growing conditions, however these are more likely to stunt their growth when planted in restricted spaces, such as a vivarium- fortunately still giving you a gorgeous specimen!


These will do well in tropical set-ups as a foreground plant, providing a pop of colour whilst serving as a place of refuge for smaller inhabitants.

This plant will flower towards the end of its life and die back once flowered, but will produce new pups which can be replanted to repeat the cycle again.


  • Place of origin: Brazil
  • Type: terrestrial, ground cover
  • Habitat: tropical/ rainforest
  • Humidity: 50% minimum, 70-100% ideal
  • Lighting: indirect light/ partial shade
  • Temperature: 18-27˚C
  • Watering: keep soil constantly moist but not soggy, use distilled water
  • Soil: moisture retaining
  • Growth rate: slow


Please note: live plants may vary in size and colour to the one pictured here. Although we use natural fertilizers and pest-preventatives to keep our plants happy and healthy, we highly suggest removing the plant from its potting mix and washing it thoroughly in distilled water before repotting or placing straight into a set-up.

  • Our shipping rates are determined by the total weight of your cart at checkout.

    The shipping bands are:

  • 0-1kg - £4.99

  • 1-2kg - £5.99

  • 2-10kg - £7.99

  • 10kg+ - £9.99


  • We almost always choose a postage option which should deliver in 1 or 2 days, especially if the order includes live inverts or plants to ensure they arrive as fast as possible to avoid stressing anything too much, protecting the critters' welfare as well as protecting your purchase.


  • Royal Mail Tracked 24 is what we've used most frequently for orders including live inverts and 9 times out of 10 will deliver the day after dispatch. First Class and Signed for First Class are sometimes used and 1pm Next-day Special Delivery is an option at checkout if you want a guaranteed arrival.


  • A different delivery service such as Yodel is only used if the parcel dimensions happen to exceed the Royal Mail limits for that size bracket (eg awkward size/shape hardscape branches).


  • All our orders are sent out using recyclable materials and reused boxes and packaging, plus we try to avoid single use plastics if we can.​​


  • If you have any concerns, questions or requests regarding shipping please don't hesitate to get in contact


  • An email will be sent to you confirming when the package will be posted and detailing any steps needed to be taken to ensure the health of any critters on arrival (instructions on slowly getting inverts warmed up again etc). We will also contact you to discuss any posting worries such as weather conditions or industrial strikes which may affect transit time


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