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Herbsaceous Plants

Arabic Name

نبات المحار

Latin Name

Tradescantia spathacea , Commelinaceae

English Name

Moses-in-the-cradle, Boat Lily

Boat Lilies are stout perennials with upright shoots up to about 40 cm in height. They grow in clumps with lush-green leaves some 30 cm long. From beneath, the lance-shaped foliage is burgundy-purple, creating an interesting contrast. Their origin is southern Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and the West Indies, where they flower all year round. In Arriyadh, small flowers appear whenever conditions are favourable, from boat-like cradles to eventually develop to round seeds. These easily germinate to form plenty of seedlings, ultimately creating dense mats. It is possible to prick these offspring or take cuttings from stems or leaves to propagate Boat Lilies. They grow readily in a wide range of soils, as long as these are well-drained, and they tolerate diverse light conditions ranging from full sun to partial shade. Although these perennials re-grow after nipped back by frost, exposed sites should be avoided. In time, the plants become dense clumps which can be used as border plants, areal cover, mass planting or group planting with a spacing of between 30 cm and 60 cm. They do well in containers and are popular house plants, but they are susceptible to the effects of stagnant water and prolonged drought. A cultivar named ‘Variegata’ has cream-coloured stripes and less vigour than the species. It must not be exposed to full sun, because the variegation will soon be sunburnt. Plants should be handled with care, especially if cut or bruised, since the sap may cause skin problems.

General information

Family Name : Commelinaceae
Origin: Tropical , Sub Tropical
Rainfall: Extremely Humid , Very Humid , Semi Humid
Propagation: Cuttings , Sowing and Pricking Out
Maintenance: Moderate
Planting Phase: Perennial

Environmental conditions

Urban Climate: Resistant
Desiccation: Vulnerable
Drought: Vulnerable
Irrigation: Medium
Salinity: Moderate < 3,000 ppm
Hardiness Zones: 0°C

Plant shape

Height: From 0.3 m To 0.4 M
Expansion: From 0.4 To 0.6 M
Foliage: Evergreen

Flower

Colour: White
Size: 5 CM
Flowering Period: From Early January Till Late March

Fruit

Type Of Fruit: Capsule
Size: 0.4 CM

Location of Use :

Home Plant , Public Open Space , Pedestrian Precinct , Rock Garden , Massed Planting , Container Planting , Park Planting , Private Garden , Roof Garden , Wadi Farm Garden , Urban Area , Edging Plants

Other choices :

Attractive Foliage , Propagation by Runners , Ground Cover , Grouped Planting , Plant Used by ADA , Attractive Fruits

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