Syn. Tradescantia spathacea

Common name: Boat lily, Moses-in-the-cradle

Native to: Beliza, Guatemala, southern Mexico

 

Rhoeo spathascea, now more commonly known as Tradescantia spathacea, has fleshy rhizomes and rosettes of waxy lance-shaped leaves. Leaves are dark to metallic green above, with glossy purple underneath. These will reach up to 1 foot (0.30 m) long by 3 inches (76 mm) wide. They are very attractive foliage plants that will reach 1 foot (0.30 m) tall. They are hardy and are also grown as ornamental houseplants.

Rhoeo spathacea

Ksh500.00Price
  • Native / exotic: Exotic

    Aspect: Full sun to shade

    Flowers: Small white commelina-like flowers growing out from the central whorl

    Fragrance: None

    Foliage: Evergreen, lance-shaped leaves, green above and glossy purple beneath.

    Growth habit: Spreading

    Hardiness: Hardy but not drought resistant

    Height: Up to 30 cm

    Spread: Up to 7 cm per plant

    Soil requirements: Prefers moist well-drained soils. Keep well mulched

    Uses: Fast-growing ground cover to add colour and form. Can tolerate quite shady conditions as well.

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