Oyster Plant (Tradescantia spathacea) in the Tradescantias Database

Common names:
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Give a thumbs up Moses-in-a-Basket
Give a thumbs up Moses in the Cradle
Give a thumbs up Boatlily

Botanical names:
Tradescantia spathacea Accepted
Rhoeo spathacea Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Plant Height: 6 to 12 inches
Plant Spread: 12 to 24 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Dark green with purple reverse.
Fruit: Other: Small, 3 celled capsules.
Fruiting Time: Year Round
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: White
Other: White, sometimes with a bluish blush to the petals.
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Other: Off and on throughout the year.
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Toxicity: Other: Plant sap may cause contact dermatitis (itching, stinging) and ingesting the plant can cause severe pain and burning of the mouth and throat.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Common name: Moses in the Cradle".  Cuttings root easily.

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Chillybean On August 29, 2015 Obtained plant
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Kind of plants by Leigh062 Oct 24, 2020 11:37 AM 3
Help with identification and care of this plant by battenburg Jul 18, 2020 5:37 AM 4
plant identification by boilinfrog Jul 11, 2020 11:35 PM 1
Help needed to id this plant by SanMichiel Apr 13, 2020 8:54 AM 7
Tradescantia Spathacea Advice by Benjamin92 Apr 10, 2020 12:29 PM 3
Moses in the cradle root rot? by JenRose Jun 26, 2020 9:47 AM 5
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