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Tradescantia spathacea 'Sitara Gold'

Family: Commelinaceae (ko-mel-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Tradescantia (trad-es-KAN-tee-uh) (Info)
Species: spathacea (spath-ay-SEE-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sitara Gold

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

7 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From leaf cuttings
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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No positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral BayAreaTropics On Nov 23, 2013, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

My first try with this marginal plant. I bought it reduced in price since it wasn't liking the nursery care I suppose in late summer. The leaves had burnt,wilty tips. I put it in a plastic pot for bulbs-- about 8",maybe 10". Its reviving,but slow and we are almost into winter. From the other members comments,I would guess this to be the most tender of the Rhoeo's. And would only be reliable in a 10b zone.

To me, it resembles some of those very expensive Broms. If its adapted to your climate,a very attractive plant.

Neutral krisbmn On Apr 3, 2013, krisbmn from International Falls, MN wrote:

I have a moses in the cradle as a house plant..It keeps growing very tall..I have it tied to a dowel to keep it from falling over..Is it okay to cut/pinch it down..

Neutral trackinsand On Apr 28, 2009, trackinsand from mid central, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

a colorful addition to the "oyster plant family". this species will die to the ground in winter in central florida but usually comes back. it is not as hardy as T. pallida, Purple Queen though.

i plan on keeping this one in a pot and moving to the garage during frosts. i believe it needs a bit of shade in the afternoon. the leaf tips on these were burned when i bought them. the nursery had them in full sun on black plastic.

this one died out when we had an unusually cold winter. i planned on protection for it and did cover it but i lost it. it seemed never to be very happy anyhow so it's not a great loss....difficult plant, at least for me.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Oceanside, California
Jacksonville, Florida
North Fort Myers, Florida
Galveston, Texas

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