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  Tradescantia spathacea 'Dwarf Tricolor'
  Family Name : Commelinaceae

  Synonyms : Tradescantia spathacea 'Nana Tricolor'

  Common Names : Dwarf Variegated Boat Lily, Dwarf Variegated Moses-in-the-Cradle

  Chinese Name : 紫背万年青

Dwarf Variegated Boat Lily,Dwarf Variegated Moses-in-the-Cradle
  • Record Info
    • Featured in '1001 Garden Plants in Singapore' Book (2ed) :
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Monocotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Shrub (Herbaceous; Creeper; Trailing), Herbaceous Plant
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Plant Shape :
      Maximum Height :
      0.2 m to 0.3 m
      Maximum Plant Spread / Crown Width :
      0.2 m to 0.3 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Of horticultural origin
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: It is a herbaceous plant with a rosette growth form.
      Foliage: Its leaves are sword-shaped, tightly arranged along the stem. The upper side of the leaf is green, variegated with white strips, while the leaf lower side is light-purple.
      Etymology :
      Genus epithet 'Tradescantia' named after John Tradescant (died 1638), gardener to King Charles I of England. Species epithet 'spathacea' means 'with a spathe', describing the spathe-like bract holding the flowers.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Foliage, Ornamental Form
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Dry Soils / Drought, Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils, Shallow Media (8 -10cm), Disease / Pest Resistant
      Landscape Uses :
      Small Gardens, Green Roof, Flowerbed / Border, Container Planting
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun, Semi-Shade
      Water Preference :
      [Remarks] (Drought-tolerant when established. Overwatering may cause root rot.), Moderate Water
      Propagation Method :
      Stem Cutting, Division
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Green, Pink, Purple, White
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Smooth, Leathery, Thick
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Rosulate / Rosette
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Lanceolate)
      Foliar Venation :
      Foliar Margin :
      Leaf Area Index (LAI) * for Green Plot Ratio :
      3.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Monocot)
  • Non-Foliar & Storage
    • Stem Type & Modification :
      Herbaceous, Acaulescent
      Root Type :
      Underground (Fibrous Root)

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