Tradescantia spathacea

COMMON NAME

Moses-in-the-cradle or oyster plant

TYPE

Groundcover

FAMILY

Commelinaceae

NOTES

Previously known as Rhoeo spathacea, this is a clump-forming evergreen perennial.  Widely cultivated in tropical areas because of its attractive foliage. Consisting of evergreen spirally arranged rosettes of sword-shaped leaves but with spiderwort-like flowers in a boatshaped bract

GEOGRAPHIC REGION

Belize, Guatemala, and southern Mexico

NATIVE HABITAT

Grows both in soil and as a lithophyte or epiphyte on rocky walls and trees in dry to moist woodland

WEB SOURCES

missouribotanicalgarden.org

aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu

nparks.gov.sg



Tradescantia spathacea