Tradescantia spathacea 3
Tradescantia spathacea 3

Tradescantia spathacea
(Oyster Plant)
(Rhoeo)
USDA Zone: 9A - 11
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Origin: West Indies; Mexico; Central America
Type: Tropical; Perennial

Typical Height: 8”-12”
(0.2–0.3mts)
Typical Spread: 8”-12”
(0.2–0.3mts)

Growth: Fast
Drought Tolerance: High
Salt Tolerance: Moderate
Wind Tolerance: N/A
Foliage Color: Dark Green, Red to Burgundy
Flower Color: White
Flowering Season: Year-round
Flower Feature: Long lasting
Light Needs: Medium-High
Nutritional Needs: Low
Human Hazards: Allergic reaction in some people
Family: Commelinaceae
Propagation: Cuttings
Leaf Type: N/A
Texture: Smooth
Environmental Issues: Invasive

Typical sizes at the nursery:
1G (12”OA)

Typical planting distance:
12” O.C.
(0.30 mts)

Common Uses: Groundcover; Road medians; Driveways; Parking lot islands; Bedding; Rock gardens; Tropical Effects
Category: Groundcovers

Notes: Oyster plant is listed as a Category I invasive exotic species by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council

+ In this Photo:
Tradescantia spathacea
(Oyster Plant)
Plant close up

All sizes are approximates
Photo taken by:
All Landscape Data, Inc.
January 2015
Orlando
Florida USA

Sources:
Landscape Plants for South Florida
A manual for gardeners, landscapers and homeowners.

Betrock’s
Plant Finder

Internet Sources:
http://www.floridata.com/ref/t/trad_spa.cfm

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/650/

http://www.backyardgardener.com/plantname/pda_0e49.html