Cryptanthus 'Ebony Beauty'
This hybrid by Richard Lum is of unreported parentage, but is a nice large size plant. It features black colored leaves that have heavy silver scurfing covering the entire leaf. There are a few breaks in the scurf giving it some bands of black. It has a nice soothing look.
Cryptanthus 'Arctic Wolf'
A hybrid cultivar of Cryptanthus ‘Hapa Haole’ x ‘Elaine’ by Australian, David Cross. A full rosette of leaves to about 18 inches across. The leaves are banded with silver over a background color of dark brown to reddish-brown, with slightly wavy margins.
Cryptanthus 'Blake Babcock'
A really spectacular Jim Irvin hybrid, any time we offer this Cryptanthus, we sell out immediately. This cultivar of ‘Pink Brocade’ x ‘Kit Hilbers,’ and grex mate to ‘Rapunzel,’ ‘Rumpelstiltskin,’ and ‘Rusty Rose,’ has 12+ lanceolate, densely serrated leaves with a center ridge in cross-section. It is medium-large to 22″ in an open oval shape with shades of mahogany, purple, and red overlaid with an edge to edge banding in white, becoming gold with age, and broader to the center. The underneath is covered with dense white scurf.
Jim Irvin’s hybrid, a cultivar of ‘Bon Ton’ x ‘Kit Hilbers,’ is a large grower to almost 20 inches across. Glossy purple-brown leaves are 1.25 inches wide with a few narrow silver cross bars that do not reach the leaf margins. The leaf undersides are white with dense scurf.
Cryptanthus 'Martini Olive'
This is a 2007 cultivar of ‘Durrell’ x ‘San Juan’ by Steve Hoppin. The shape is a loose rosette up to 10 inches tall and 24 inches across with shiny green leaves that are wavy and have serrated edges. The leaves have an olive green color that has a hint of bronze along the edge and slight scurfing on the underside of the leaves.
Cryptanthus 'Broadway Star'
This is a cultivar of ‘Richard Lum’ x ‘Stephen Hoppin’ released by Steve Hoppin in 2007 and a grex mate to ‘Ziggy Stardust.’ The wavy leaves are bright green in color and have dark green mottling. The leaf edges are reddish bronze in color and a central bronze colored stripe. The leaves are triangular in shape and are densely serrated. A large growing plant up to 20 inches across and 12 inches tall forming a full open round shape.
This Larry Giroux hybrid is a cultivar of ‘Lirico’ x ‘Tabasco’ having 20+ linear-lanceolate leaves forming a medium plant 12″ in diameter with a full round shape. Lime green margined with dark green and mottled, the entire leaf length is suffused with pink-red as it reaches maturity. The undersides of the leaves have a light lineated scurf of white trichomes.
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 particular cultivar in a dirty Turface® mix, equal parts peat based potting mix and Turface® All Sport. Fill the bottom of your pot with a shallow layer of potting mix, this prevents the Turface® mix from running out the bottom of your pot, and the remainder with the dirty Turface® mix.
Cryptanthus 'Fifty Shades of Grey'
This Stephen Hoppin hybrid is a cultivar of Cryptanthus ‘Kaleidoscope’ x ‘Ebony Beauty’ having 4″+ wide lanceolate leaves forming a medium plant to 14″ in diameter with a full round form. The wide, slightly twisting purple-black leaves, giving the illusion of a pinwheel, are evenly covered with a dense grey scurf on the top and bottom.
A rare species with very wide leaves having silver trichomes forming a solid coating over the entire leaf surface, hence giving its scientific specific name argyrophyllus meaning 'silver leaf.' There are a couple of ridges apparent running the length of the leaves, but they are the same base color as the rest of the leaf.
***This species is prone to fungus spotting due to culture in a typical potting mix. So for best results, we recommend growing this particular species in a dirty Turface® mix, equal parts peat based potting mix and Turface® All Sport. Fill the bottom of your pot with a shallow layer of potting mix, this prevents the Turface® mix from running out the bottom of your pot, and the remainder with the dirty Turface® mix.
Cryptanthus 'Gypsy Rose'
This Carole Richtmyer hybrid is a cultivar of Cryptanthus 'Mirabilis' x Cryptanthus 'Trailblazer' having 12+ very wide slightly crenulate lanceolate leaves forming a medium plant to 15" in diameter with a round star form. The bright green leaves have some dark green mottling, especially along the leaf margins and tips. Some leaves slightly twist revealing the lightly dense lineated scurf on the underside. At anthesis the plant will flush a rose pink starting from the center and expanding outward.