Rhoeo Spathacea (Tricolor Variegated) - Santhi Online Plants Nursery
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Rhoeo Spathacea (Tricolor Variegated)


Scientific nameTradescantia spathacea

Common name: Moses in the Cradle, Oysterplant, Boatlily, Moses in a boat

Origin: Southern Mexico and Central America

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Rhoeo Spathacea (Tradescantia Spathacea)

Rhoeo tricolour is a three-toned perennial evergreen succulent with pink-, green-, and cream-coloured leaves. The decorative herb Tradescantia spathacea (also known as Moses in the Cradle) has underground rhizomes and a clumping rosette shape. Known as a ground cover herbaceous perennial houseplant, it’s cultivated in the woodland understory, rocks, gardens, and yards.

Tradescantia spathacea is a member of the monotypic section rhoeo, one of the genus Tradescantia’s twelve sections. This tropical sculptural herbaceous perennial plant belongs to the Commelinaceae family. Rhoeo Spathacea is a succulent plant that is commercially grown for bedding, rock gardens, and tropical effects, although it is categorised as an invasive species and an environmental weed in the global weed compendium. Due to its Green, pink, and cream striped leaves with purple undersides, Tricolor oyster plant (tradescantia spathacea ‘tricolour’) is the name given to it. It’s also known as the ‘Boat lily,’ and it’s acclaimed for its unique inflorescence and attractive foliage.


Once a week, water the tricolour rhoeo. Slowly and deeply water down to the roots. Maintaining a consistent watering plan during the first growing season is very crucial to creating a strong, healthy root system.

The oyster plant thrives in a moist environment. Mist frequently, lay a pebble tray nearby or use a humidifier. When the top half of the soil is dry, water your oyster plant. Until you observe water flowing out of the drainage hole, water thoroughly.

To avoid root rot, make sure to drain any extra water from the saucer.

Because of its lovely leaf, Rhoeo spathacea is extensively grown in tropical climates. This is a low plant that enjoys indirect light because it is used to being shadowed by taller trees. Belize, Guatemala, and southern Mexico (Chiapas, Tabasco, and the Yucatán Peninsula) are its native habitats.

To recognize this plant from other bromeliads, look for the purple underside of the leaf and the distinctive bract-enclosed flowers.

This easy-to-grow plant blooms throughout the year and is easily propagated through stem cuttings, division, or seed.



The plant is used as a decorative item. Ornamental for its radially oriented tricolor leaves with purple undersides 

White axillary flowers are surrounded by a pair of boat-shaped bracts.


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