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Tradescantia spathacea
(Boatlily, Moses-in-a-basket, Oyster Plant)

Synonyms:  Rheo discolor, Rhoeo spathacea, Tradescantia discolor
Origin:  Native of West Indies and Mexico
Family:  Commelinaceae
Light:  Sun-part shade
Height:  1-2'
Spacing:  1-2'
Blooms:  White, year round
Foliage:  Evergreen, variegated, smooth
Soil:  Well-drained, mildly acidic to neutral to mildly alkaline
Water:  Low
Uses:  Groundcover, container, borders, mass plant
Propagation:  Seeds (Sow ASAP), offsets, Leaf cuttings, herbaceous stem cuttings
Caution:  Plant may be invasive, may  cause skin allergy

Comments:  Tradescantia spathacea or Boatlily or Moses-in-a-basket or Oyster Plant or Rhoeo discolor, Rhoeo spathacea or Tradescantia discolor is a tender tropical perennial with a low, clumping growth habit.  This lovely evergreen is a native of West Indies and Mexico.  In its native habitat, it produces white blossoms year round.  Tradescantia spathacea has interesting smooth, green foliage that opens to purple.   It is easily propagated from offsets, leaf or herbaceous stem cuttings.  Boatlily performs best in well-drained, mildly acidic to neutral to mildly alkaline soil in a part shade environment. Moses-in-a-boat is low maintenance.  Mass plant as border plants or as groundcovers for a delightful showpiece.  Oyster Plant can tolerate drought when established.  It self-sows and soon forms a nice clump.  Rheo discolor can be container cultivated in colder areas.  Mulch well to protect from cold.  Tradescantia discolor is a fabulous perennial and attracts much attention. 

USDA Zones:  10-11


JennysGarden.com...Plants images and gardening descriptions of Tradescantia spathacea (Boatlily, Moses-in-a-basket, Oyster Plant, Rhoeo discolor, Rhoeo spathacea, Tradescantia discolor) growing in Jenny's Garden


Image of Tradescantia spathacea or Boatlily or Moses-in-a-basket or Oyster Plant or Rhoeo discolor, Rhoeo spathacea or Tradescantia discolor


Showy foliage of Tradescantia spathacea



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