Cryptanthus commonly called Earth star comes from the Bromeliacea family and originates from the subtropics of Central and South America.
Cryptanthus thrives well in desert regions as it can absorb water and has adapted well as a potted plant. It can also be planted in an open garden gracing the garden floor with its rich colours as well as in rock gardens. The leaves of this exotic beauty resemble a starfish and have a layered effect. There are roughly six of these leaves with pointed tips, and each layer is slightly shorter than the one beneath it.