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Dwarf Oyster Plant - Tradescantia spathacea
Dwarf Oyster Plant - Tradescantia spathacea

Commelinaceae Tradescantia Spathacea None

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Grows InZone 9A · 20° to 25° F through Zone 11 · Above 40° F
Sun ExposureFull / Mostly Sun, Morning Sun / Evening Shade, Morning Shade / Evening Sun, Dappled Light / Filtered Sun
Soil DrainageWell Drained
Resistent ToDeer Resistant, Drought, Heat
Flower ColorWhite
BloomsSpring Blooms, Summer Blooms, Fall Blooms, Early Spring Blooms, Fall Foliage, Winter Foliage, Spring Foliage, Summer Foliage, Early Summer Blooms
Foliage ColorChartreuse, Purple, Dark Green
Average Height1' to 2'
Average Width1' to 2'
AttractsVisual Attention
Additional Information About Dwarf Oyster Plant - Tradescantia spathacea

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Noteworthy Characteristics

The dwarf oyster plant is an improved cultivar that is lower and slower growing and less invasive than its taller growing parent. The leaves are a dark teal-tinged forest green on top and vivid violet underneath. The small white three-petaled flowers are produced throughout the year and are hidden in boat-shaped purple bracts nestled in the leaf axils. These succulent plants reach about 8 inches in height. It is slow-spreading plant with a neat appearance and attractive color and texture that works in both formal or casual landscapes.


Dwarf Oyster Plant is useful as a border plant, in mass as a groundcover, and especially as an underplanting for palms and other larger shrubs and trees that will provide it some shade.


USDA Zones : 10-11, and on border of 9b and 10

Plant Type:  Tropical Groundcover
Height:  6-8"
Width:  18-24"
Sun / Light Needs:  Part Shade, morning sun with afternoon shade
Soil Type:  Well-drained. Add top soil to dry-soil sites.
Water Needs:  Average, drought tolerant when established. Does not like wet feet!
Fertilizer Needs: In spring and late summer with a slow-release fertilizer
Maintenance: Low. Can be edged to keep tidy in confined spaces
Flower Color:  None
Bloom Season:  None
Fragrance:  None
Foliage Color:  Blue-Green and Vivid Violet
Resistances:  Deer, Drought, heat, Humidity
Salt Tolerance:  Medium
Houseplant Usage: No

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