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.
Height is measured from the bottom of the plastic nursery pot (please allow a +/-10% variance). Diameter is the nursery pot diameter, so to get a pot that fits, the pot diameter should be bigger.
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Put me in a spot with bright, indirect light. Keep my central wall half full of water and change frequently.
I like bright indirect light but out of direct sunlight.
Fertilise me very sparingly with a liquid fertiliser during the growing season.
Keep my central wall half-full of filtered water and change frequently.
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.
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.
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