Cutflower Nomenclature

Scientific/Botanical Name:

Genus: Rhoeo

Specie: R. discolor


English Name:


Common Name:

Moses-In-The-Boat, Oyster Plant

Botanical Family:

Name in Latin: : Commelinaceae

Name in English: Dayflower family or Spiderwort

The Plant

Origin: West Indies and Mexico

Growth Habit: perennial,fleshy rhizomes,

Flower:small white flowers in boat-shaped bracts

Blooming Period: bloom all year sporadically, with flushes of heavy blooming in the spring and fall.

Leaf: ,waxy lance-shaped leaves.,dark to metallic green above, with glossy purple underneath.


It is grown as a house and greenhouse plant. Succulent looking, it can be used to make a dense groundcover. They are very attractive foliage plants that will reach 1 foot (30 cm) tall. They are hardy in USDA zones 9-12.

Care and Handling

Soil: soil mix consisting of 1 part peat moss to 2 parts loam to 2 parts sand or perlite.

Amount of water: ell watered and allowed to dry slightly in-between waterings.

Nutrition: During the spring and summer, they are fertilized monthly with a balanced fertilizer.

Special handling: Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic react

Special feature/remarks:

synonym of Tradescantia spathacea Sw. It is invasive exotic to South Florida.