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Tradescantia Spathacea | Tricolor Plant

What is Tradescantia Spathacea?

Tradescantia spathacea, also called Moses-in-a-basket, boat lily or oyster plant, is a tropically inclined succulent herb that boasts beautiful foliage.

It is an evergreen perennial that originates in  southern Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. It has now become popular in other tropical locations such at the Caribbean, some African countries, Hawaii, South Asia, Texas, Florida and other tropical places.

If you are a beginner with indoor houseplants, this one is perfect for you because it doesn’t need much care.

Tradescantia spathacea can also be grown outdoors - commercially — in rock gardens, garden beds, or as accent plants. Some consider it to be a weed as it does have invasive tendencies.

 

How do you take care of a Tradescantia Spathacea?

  • It does not like hot, direct sunlight.
  • During spring through summer seasons, keep the soil moistened.
  • During winter, make sure the soil dries out in between waterings.
  • Tradescantia spathacea prefers a humidity level of around 40-50%.
  • You can fertilize the plant twice a month.
  • When watering, avoid the crown of the plant as this might bring about stem or root rot.

 

Is Tradescantia Spathacea poisonous to dogs?

Yes, it is toxic to dogs as well as cats and small children. It is important to keep the plant out of reach as the sap of the plant can cause heart arrhythmias, which could lead to death in small animals.

The sap of the plant can also cause severe irritation in the mouth that can be extremely painful.

 

Is Tradescantia a succulent?

Yes, it is considered to be a evergreen herbaceous succulent.

 

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