Botanical name or synonyms: Tradescantia spathacea, Rhoeo spathacea, Rhoeo discolor
Common Names: Rhoeo, Moses-in-the-cradle, Moses-in-a-basket, Oyster Plant
Very easy to grow. Grows in shade, in a minimal amount of soil. Somewhat succulent in nature so tolerates drying out between waterings.
Very easy to propagate and create massed displays at very low cost. Fast tropical effects can be achieved by block planting as a groundcover or in containers.
Dwarf form particularly popular in landscaping. Variegated striped forms also now available
Unfortunately, this plant grows so easily it has weed potential and has become invasive in Florida, USA. For more information on this issue see the Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) link below. So take care and never dump waste of this plant (or any plants!) in the bush.
Moses In The Cradle Tradescantia spathacea
. At the "Grow Me Instead" website (an Australian website informing gardeners about invasive ornamentals and safer alternatives)
Oyster-Plant, Rhoeo Tradescantia spathacea
Online Manual of Subtropical Landscaping Plants, Palm Beach Community College, Florida
University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service, USA (PDF)
Possible Misspellings: Roeo, Rhoio, Rowio