Tradescantia spathacea

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Tradescantia spathacea
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Commelinales
Family: Commelinaceae
Genus: Tradescantia
Species: T. spathacea
Binomial name
Tradescantia spathacea
Synonyms

Rhoeo discolor
Rhoeo spathacea
Tradescantia discolor
Tradescantia bicolor

Tradescantia spathacea, or Moses-in-the-Cradle, is a herb native to Mexico with fleshy rhizomes. It has rosettes of waxy lance-shaped leaves. Leaves are dark to metallic green above, with glossy purple underneath. These will reach up to 1 foot (30 cm) long by 3 inches (7.5 cm) wide. They are very attractive foliage plants that will reach 1 foot (30 cm) tall. They are hardy in USDA zones 9-12. It is invasive exotic to South Florida.