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Scarlet Star

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The Scarlet Star or Guzmania is a tropical plant with arching glossy, green leaves that fan out from the centrepiece which holds the vibrant orange and red, star-shaped flower. These colourful plants are a great way to add a splash of tropical colour to your home and also make great, long-lasting gift planet-friendly gifts to replace cut flowers.

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Plant Happiness

To see me at my best

Put me in a spot with bright, indirect light. Keep my central wall half full of water and change frequently.

Plant Care Tips

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I like bright indirect light but out of direct sunlight.

Plant Care fertiliser

Fertilise me very sparingly with a liquid fertiliser during the growing season.

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Keep my central wall half-full of filtered water and change frequently.

About Scarlet Star


The Scarlet Star's botanical name is Guzmania, named in honour of Spanish naturalist Anastasio Guzman, who died in 1807 on a trip to Ecuador. Native to the tropical rainforests of Mexico, South America and Central America, the Scarlet Star has become a popular plant to have in public indoor spaces, in homes and offices across the world.


The Scarlet Star is one of over 120 known species of Guzmania, flowering plants in the botanical family Bromeliaceae. Guzmania's are found in the wild growing as epiphytes, meaning their roots attach to host trees rather than into the ground.


As a tropical plant, the Scarlet Star enjoys high humidity, indirect light and mild temperatures. Water in the central wall should be half-full with filtered water and changed frequently, to avoid root rot. To increase humidity, keep your Scarlet Star next to other plants in a more humid area of the home, such as a bathroom or kitchen.

Did you know?

What's usually mistaken for the Scarlet Star's flower is actually a bract, which is a group of modified leaves.


This plant is non-toxic so although not advised should pose no harm if accidentally chewed or eaten by your furry friends.

Also Known As

Droophead Tufted Airplant; Bromeliads; Guzmania lingulata

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