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Rhoeo discolor

Botanical Name: Common Names:
Rhoeo discolor Moses in a Cradle, Boat Lily,
Native: Foliage Type:
No Evergreen
Plant Type: Plant Habit:
TBA Clumping, Upright Narrow

Rhoeo discolor is a compact and low-growing evergreen perennial plant with unique and eye-catching foliage. It forms rosettes of sword-shaped leaves that are a mix of dark green, purple, and burgundy, creating a striking contrast. The leaves have a glossy texture and a slight arching form. It is an excellent choice for borders, groundcover, or container plantings, adding a touch of dramatic colour and texture to any garden or indoor setting. Additionally, it is a relatively low-maintenance plant that thrives in well-drained soil and partial shade. Drought tolerant once established, does not tolerate frost. Grows to approx. 40cm H x 30-40cm W. CAUTION - Skin irritant to humans and pets.

Mature Height: Mature Width:
30-60cm 30-60cm

Position: Soil Type:
Full Sun, Semi Shade Sandy, Well Drained

Landscape Use(s)
Borders / Shrubbery, Coastal Garden, Foliage Feature / Colour, Groundcover, Indoor Plant, Mass Planting, Rockery, Roundabouts / Splitters, Tropical Garden, Container / Pot

Pests & Diseases: Generally trouble free

Cultural Notes:

Plant Care
Annual slow release fertiliser, Keep moist during dry periods, Liquid feed, Mulch well

Family Name: Origin:
Commelinaceae NorthAmerica

Foliage Colour: Burgundy, Green, Purple
Flower Colour: Insignificant
Flower Fragrant: No
Flowering Season: TBA
Fruit: No

Requirements Tolerances
Growth Rate: Fast
Maintenance Level: Low
Water Usage: Medium / Moderate
Drought: High
Frost: Tender
Wind: Medium / Moderate