Moses-in-the-cradle Plant

Scientific name : “Tradescantia spathacea”

Moses in the Cradle (Tradescantia spathacea) is a rather succulent herb with a dense cluster of sturdy 6-12 in long sword-shaped leaves arising from a trunklike stem up to 8 in tall. The leaves are a dark teal-tinged forest green on top and vivid violet underneath.

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Moses in the Cradle (Tradescantia spathacea) is a rather succulent herb with a dense cluster of sturdy 6-12 in long sword-shaped leaves arising from a trunklike stem up to 8 in tall. The leaves are a dark teal-tinged forest green on top and vivid violet underneath. The small white three-petaled flowers are hidden in boat-shaped purple bracts nestled in the leaf axils. Flowers and seeds are produced all year. Interestingly, the curious looking flower of this plant is referred to as Nargis in Hyderabad. Probably, the boat-shaped bracts with a small white flower in the middle look like an eye – hence, the name Nargis, which is generally associated with eyes in Persian/Urdu poetry. However, in the rest of India, at least in the northern parts, Narcissus is the flower which is commonly known as Nargis.

Sunlight – The plant likes indirect sunlight and will even do fairly well in partial shade.

Watering – These plants are drought tolerant, and are very happy to be watered infrequently. In fact, overwatering can cause the plant to rot and die.

Plant Care – They like consistency of temperature, so avoid placing them near drafty windows or doors, or near a heating vent, air conditioner or radiator. 

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