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Boat lily

Tradescantia spathacea

Spiderwort, Christ in the manger, Cradle lily, Men in a boat, Moses in the cradle , Rhoeo spathacea, Moses-in-a-basket, Three men in a boat, Rhoeo discolor, Oyster plant, Purple-leaved spiderwort, Moses in the bulrushes, Moses on a raft, Moses in his cradle

This tender evergreen perennial has a compact clump-forming habit with rosettes of semi-erect, fleshy lance-shaped, pink, white and green leaves which are purple on the underside. Produces white flowers.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Seed
Cover seeds with potting soil/organic matter. Sow in Spring or towards the end of autumn.
Cuttings
Take cuttings in the spring in cooler areas/Autumn in warmer areas. Stem cuttings roots quickly placed in a smaller pot with moist potting soil in a warm, bright area.
Division
Remove stems with roots and replant to new areas.
Layering
Wherever the shoots touch soil, it roots and spreads!

Special features

Pot plant
Plant using potting mix or organic matter. Be careful not to over-water and do not let soil dry out, prefers evenly moist soil.
Indoor plant
Also grown as indoor plants with bright, indirect light.

Geography

Environment

Light
Full Shade, Partial Sun, Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand, Compost
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Ornamental
Cultivated as a garden ornamental. It is often grown as a ground cover, mainly for its colourful foliage.

Personality

Family
Commelinaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
None

Problems

Can be attacked by vine weevil and aphids. Pest and diseases also include spider mites. Botrytis disease is the grey rot associated with wet/humid conditions. Can be prevented by drying plants out in between waterings.

Companion plants

Best planted on its own as it can overgrow other plants.

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