Oyster Plant - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by mboudreaux1
March 10, 2010
I was given an Oyster Plant my friend purchased at Home Depot. It had no tag or instructions. We are in the
70360 zone but my visiting friend lives in another area. The plant has spikelike soft varigated petals in mauves, pinks, white and green. Is it a house plant or a garden plant?
Can I expect any blooms?

Answer from NGA
March 10, 2010


Oyster Plant is a common name used for various pants, including purple Salsify (Tragopogon porrifolius) and Moses-In-The-Boat (Rhoeo spathacea). Whatever you call it, it will grow outdoors in your gardening region, in full sunshine to part shade, in well draining soils. The leaves are the attraction to the plant so don't expect showy flowers. The only caution is that the leaves can cause irritation if you're sensitive so be sure to wear gloves when you handle the plant.

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