Cryptanthus 'Absolute Zero'
Jim Irvin has a knack with Cryptanthus, (as well as other bromeliads!), and has produced numerous first-class hybrids. This is one of which he can be proud. This hybrid, a cultivar of ‘Sweet Tooth’ x ‘Ice Age,’ and a grex mate to ‘Very Cold Tooth,’ is a dark brown, almost black plant with closely spaced cross banding of silver trichomes with dense silver white scurf underneath. The inch-wide leaves are long and graceful, undulating at the margins in a symmetrical rosette.
This Carole Richtmyer hybrid, a cultivar of Cryptanthus ‘Rita Padden’ x argyrophyllus, has 10+ ovate leaves forming a medium plant to 12″ in diameter with a full round form. The dull green copper brown leaves are full and very wide with fine lineated scurf on the undersides.
**For best results, we recommend growing this Cryptanthus in a dirty Turface All Sport® mix, a half and half mix with a light potting mix and Turface.
Cryptanthus 'Circuit Breaker'
This Jim Irvin hybrid is one of three cultivars of ‘Kamehameha’ x zonatus ‘Silver,’ its siblings being ‘Alternating Current’ and ‘High Voltage.’ A large growing oval-shaped plant has flat charcoal purple lanceolate leaves with silver crossbands across the leaves that are thin at the tips and wider toward the base bleeding into moderately dense scurf. The undersides of the leaves are dense with silver-white scurf. A striking pattern on a striking plant.
This Stephen Hoppin hybrid is a cultivar of capitatus x ‘Richard Lum’ having 18+ long lanceolate leaves forming an extra-large very full upright rosette plant to 24″ in diameter. The densely serrated, highly glossy leaves are mottled and striated with dark forest green, red, and rust that reddens further in bright light with dark edges. The undersides of the leaves are covered in a medium dense white scurf.
Cryptanthus 'Pink Floyd'
This Carole Richtmyer hybrid is one of two cultivars of sinuosus x ‘Lirico,’ the other being ‘Earth Angel,’ having 14+ elliptical lanceolate leaves forming a medium plant to 12″ in diameter with an open round shape. The leaves are primarily pink in any light, are patterned with different tones of green along the midrib, and have a covering of moderate scurf towards bases and leaf tips.
Cryptanthus 'Red Eye Gravy'
A cultivar of ‘Sunburst’ x (‘Red Cabbage’ x ‘Pele’) by Carole Richtmyer.
A fairly large grower with broad leaves in a symmetrical star shape. The color is mottled green with red highlights, especially up the center of the leaves, becoming overall reddish-pink with stronger light.
Cryptanthus 'Rita Padden'
A cultivar of [‘Trailblazer’ x (‘Orange ‘n Rose’ x ‘Deep Purple’)] by Carole Richtmeyer. A very broad leaved plant in an arching, rosette shape that flattens when blooming.
The leaves are brownish-green with green splashes, lightly dusted with trichomes on the leaf bases. Produces offsets on short stolons.