DWARF OYSTER PLANT

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COMMON NAME
Dwarf Oyster Plant
Moses in the Cradle
BOTANICAL NAME
Tradescantia spathacea ‘Dwarf’
HEIGHT 8″ to 12″
WIDTH 12″ to 24″
PROPAGATES BY DIVIDING RHIZOMES OR HERBACEOUS STEM CUTTINGS
EVERGREEN
LIFESPAN 20+ years
COLD TOLERANCE 30° F
SOIL TYPE Well drained
DROUGHT TOLERANCE Yes
SALT TOLERANCE Medium
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS
Grows in any light conditions, prefers part sun to part shade.
FERTILIZING Apply a slow release fertilizer twice every year, once in the Spring and then in the late Summer.
FLOWER White, 3 petals. Blooms hidden amongst the bracts.
MONTH OF COLOR All year
FRUIT Does not set seed, sterile flowers.
COMMENTS This slow-to-moderate growing plant thrives in shady locations, such as under trees or dense garden beds with dappled light. Native to southern Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. WIdely cultivated in tropical areas for the attractive dark green and purple foliage, which adds color and texture in both casual and formal landscaping. Does well in containers, overcrowds easily. No serious insect or disease problems. Rot may occur if soils are kept too moist. Watch for mealybugs, scale, whiteflies and spider mites. Contains a sap that can be a skin irritant, use gloves when handling!
PRICE 1 gallon $4.50