Tradescantia spathacea Sw.
|English Name:||Boat Lily|
|Synonym:||Rhoeo spathacea (Sw.)Stearn|
|Common Name:||Rheo, Oyster plant, Moses-in-the-boat|
|Flowering & Fruiting Period:||September-April|
|Distribution:||South East Mexico to Guatemala, widely introduced elsewere|
|Habitat:||Grown as garden plant|
|Key Characteristics:||Tradescantia spathacea commonly called Moses-in-a-basket or oyster plant is a clump-forming evergreen perennial. It is widely cultivated in tropical areas because of its attractive foliage. It typically grows as a 6-12" tall rosette consisting of narrow, spirally arranged, linear-lanceolate, stiffly-ascending, sword-shaped, dark green leaves with purple undersides. White flowers in axillary cymes are enclosed by long- lasting, boat-shaped, purple bracts, hence the common name of Moses-in-a-basket. Flowers bloom throughout the year.|