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Common names:
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Botanical names:
Tradescantia spathacea Accepted
Rhoeo spathacea Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
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)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Plant Height: 6 to 12 inches
Plant Spread: 12 to 24 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Evergreen
Other: Dark green with purple reverse.
Fruit: Other: Small, 3 celled capsules.
Fruiting Time: Year Round
Flowers: Showy
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.
Underground structures: Rhizome
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
Division
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Epiphytic

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

Photo gallery:
Location: My gardenDate: 2020-07-05Common name: Moses in the Cradle".  Cuttings root easily.
By CBJoyce
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Date: 2018-10-14
By dorcina
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Location: Rio de Janeiro, BrazilDate: 2014-12-11
By bonitin
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Location: Ann Arbor, MichiganDate: 2020-01-16Tradescantia spathacea (boat lily, oyster plant, rhoeo)
By dnrevel
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Date: 2014-02-09
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Date: 2014-02-09
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Date: 2014-02-09
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Location: north central TexasDate: 2015-06-01
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Location: No. California Date: 2021-10-01
By AllieCat
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Date: 2014-02-09
By Paul2032
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Location: Rio de Janeiro, BrazilDate: 2014-12-11Growing in the cracks of an old wall.
By bonitin
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Location: Rio de Janeiro, BrazilDate: 2014-12-11
By bonitin
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Location: Mobot, St L. (Missouri Botanical Garden)Date: 2017-08-09
By jmorth
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Date: 2017-10-25
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Location: At My Home (Living Room Window Sill) Date: April 10 2019
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Date: 2021-09-26
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Date: 2021-09-26
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Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Not T. spathacea by purpleinopp Nov 2, 2021 10:38 AM 0
What are your favorite house plants? by AmberLeaf Oct 12, 2021 6:42 AM 19
Please identify by CassieMin Jul 12, 2021 9:26 AM 7
Moss Rose Portulaca grandiflora 'Salmon' by Peggy8b Sep 10, 2021 6:58 AM 38
Moses in the Cradle/Tradescantia spathacea-- brown damage on leaves by antbryck Jun 21, 2021 8:31 PM 15
Unknown Plant by Derphitene Jun 2, 2021 11:31 AM 4
What are these things growing from my Moses in Cradle?? by Berniecharli Jun 30, 2021 8:58 AM 10
Houseplant in Michigan by jvdubb Apr 4, 2021 7:41 PM 3
How to save an overwatered Moses-in-the-cradle by noemi_ch Jan 26, 2021 4:58 PM 3
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

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