Moses in the Cradle Plant

Tradescantia spathacea
Oyster Plant

Moses in the Cradle Houseplants (Tradescantia spathacea) have many alternative names such as Moses-in-a-Boat, Boat Lily, Cradle Lily, Moses-in-the-Bullrushes, and Oyster Plant. Whatever you want to call them, these colorful houseplants, native to Mexico, the West Indies, and Central America, are easy to care for and produce very attractive. Moses In the Cradle Plants produce rosettes of long, waxy, sword-shaped leaves that are glossy green or green, purple, and white striped on top and a rich purple on the under side. The very small white flowers, tucked away in a purple boat shaped bract, give Moses-in-the-Cradle Houseplants their many common names. Treat a Moses-in-the-Cradle Plant as you would a 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.