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.
Native / exotic: Exotic
Aspect: Full sun to shade
Flowers: Small white commelina-like flowers growing out from the central whorl
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.