<Tradescantia spathacea, the boatlily or Moses-in-the-cradle, widely cultivated as an ornamental. It has fleshy rhizomes and rosettes of waxy lance-shaped leaves. Leaves are dark to metallic green above, with glossy purple underneath. These will reach up to 0.30 m (1 ft) long by 76 mm (3 in) wide. They are very attractive foliage plants that will reach 0.30 m (1 ft) tall. They are hardy and are also grown as ornamental houseplants.
Ornmental houseplant cultivar of Tradescantia spathacea grows the compound inflorescence inside bracts which lends the name “boat lily”>
Conditions: Full sun to partial shade
Planting ideas and uses: hedge for garden beds and boarders, tubs and containers