Moses in the Cradle Plant

Tradescantia spathacea
Moses in a Boat Plant Oyster Plant

Moses in the Cradle HousePlants, Tradescantia spathacea, (alternative names include: Moses-in-a-Boat, Boat Lily, Cradle Lily, Moses-in-the-Bullrushes, Oyster Plant, Rhoeo discolor) are attractive easy care houseplants native to Mexico, the West Indies, and Central America. Moses In the Cradle HousePlants produce rosettes of long ,waxy, sword-shaped leaves that are glossy green on top and a rich purple on the under side. The very small three petaled white flowers of Moses-in-the-Cradle HousePlants are tucked away in a purple boat shaped bract in the leaf axil. This gives Moses-in-the-Cradle Houseplants their many common names. Treat Moses-in-the-Cradle HousePlants as you would Succulent PlantsSucculents, native to very dry areas of the tropics and subtropics, adapted to a limited availability of water by developing thick roots, leaves, and stems. These parts of the plant collect and store water in order to survive long periods of drought. This gives succulents a very swollen appearance and its nickname, the fat plant. Succulents need little water or humidity. and it will grow beautifully.