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Rhoeo (Moses in a Cradle)

(Moses in a Basket)

now renamed: Tradescantia

<note... based on all current research this summary is the best naming classification that can be found to date>


Family: Commelinaceae


Rhoeo are short rosette-like plants that characteristically have purple undersides to their leaves and small insignificant flowers.

Plants are primarily grown for their colour and texture attributes for a landscape.

Widely grown in tropics, subtropics and warm temperate climates.

Very easy to grow liking full sun or part shade.

Prefers fertile composted soils, but is known to tolerate less acceptable conditions.



Tradescantia spathacea (Syn. Rhoeo spathacea; R. discolor) – growing up to 30cm tall, dark green leaves with deep purple tones beneath.

Tradescantia spathacea 'Vittata' (Syn. Rhoeo spathacea variegata; R. spathacea 'Vittata') – tall growing form with variegated foliage. Very striking.

Tradescantia spathacea 'Hawaiian Dwarf' (Syn. Rhoeo bermudensis; R. spathacea nana) – much shorter form great as a ground cover. A few varigated forms are available on the market with pink tinged upper foliage. These forms have been known as Rhoeo bermudensis variegata.

R. bermudensis variegata
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R. spathacea variegata
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