Rhoeo Gold - Tradescantia spathacea - Moses in the Cradle - Statement Plants

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Rhoeo Gold - Tradescantia spathacea - Moses in the Cradle

Evergreen indoor or outdoor plant with gorgeous gold foliage.


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Rhoeo Gold (Tradescantia spathacea) has gorgeous yellow-gold strappy, sword-shaped leaves, with a pinkish underside. It can reach 20cm-40cm in height and grows as a clump. It looks great as a low border, in mass plantings or as a potted plant.

Rhoeo Gold has small, white flowers, mostly in spring to summer, but can be year round. These flowers are enclosed in bracts that resemble a boat, which gave rise to the names Boat Lily and Moses in the Cradle.

Tradescatia spathacea likes a position in full sun to part shade in freely draining organic mix. It is mostly drought tolerant in the garden once established. Water regularly until then. These plants can tolerate short periods of low temperatures, as long as they are not too wet. They are not generally frost tolerant, although may survive the occasional light frost.

Looking for a different colour Rhoeo? Have a look at the green and purple Rhoeo Dwarf or the stunning striped Rhoeo Pinky.

Plant Details

Habit Clumping
Height 20cm to 50cm
Spread 20cm to 1m (clumps)
Position Full sun to part shade
Soil Free draining, organic
Foliage Yellow gold upperside with a reddish underside to the leaf
Flowers White, small, in boat shaped bracts.
Flowering Time Spring to Autumn
Drought Tolerant Yes, once established
Frost Tolerant No. but may tolerate light frost once established. Does not like to be cold and wet.
Also Known As Rhoeo, Moses in the Cradle, Moses-in-the-Cradle, Boat Lily, boatlily, Moses in a Basket, Oyster Plant
Rhoeo spathacea, Ephemerum bicolor
Toxicity Non toxic - but can cause irritation if ingested.

Plants posted potted. Plant size may vary.

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