Tradescantia spathacea Sw.

Sub-Family: Not available
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
Uses: Ornamental
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.