Tradescantia, Moses-in-the-Cradle 'Flame'

Tradescantia spathacea

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: Flame

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Perennials

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Cactus and Succulents

Epiphytes

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Good Fall Color

Provides Winter Interest

This plant is fire-retardant

This plant is resistant to deer

Smooth

Textured

Foliage Color:

Bronze

Burgundy/Maroon

Pink/Rose

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers

Danger:

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Pink

Medium Purple

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Fall/Early Winter

N/A

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

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

Regional

This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Colome, South Dakota

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Apr 17, 2016, Lodewijkp from Zwolle,
Netherlands (Zone 7a) wrote:

Aside from the leaf coloration it is just like a normal tradescantia spathacea. Only difference is that this one needs more (direct) sunlight and is less drought tolerant. They seem to grow slower and stay smaller as well. I personally think the non variegated form gets too big over time , i had plants reaching almost 2 foot in small planters. This variegated form stays small up to 8 or 10 inch, at least that is my experience with this plant.

It somewhat suffers a bit during winter inside the house, sometimes it doesn't seem to use water and gets overwatered (dormant ? ) and other times it cannot stand drought during lower temperatures. i think the best way to water it is through the bottom of the pot or by watering it sparingly with water on room temperature, this plant is ... read more

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