Rhoeo Spathacea Tricolor, Rhoeo Variegated - Plant
Description for Rhoeo Spathacea Tricolor, Rhoeo Variegated
Winter hardy to USDA Zones 9-11 where it is noted for its ease of culture and tolerance for wide range of growing conditions. Best in filtered or part sun locations. Will grow in direct sun with some afternoon protection.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Moses-in-the-cradle, Oyster plant||Blue||Spring to autumn||8-12" (20-30cm)||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
In most areas, Rhoeo is considered an annual, though in fact, it is a tender perennial. Rhoeo is hardy only in USDA plant hardiness zones 9-11. This means that it can only tolerate temperatures down to about 20 F. (-6 C.) before they are killed off. Keep in mind that this is the temperature that will kill them.
|Sun to Part Shade||Well-drained soil||New plantings should be watered daily for a couple of weeks. After that, depending on the weather and soil type, watering can be adjusted to every two or three days.||40 to 50F (4 to 10C)||Apply any organic fertilizer|
Caring for Rhoeo Spathacea Tricolor
- Water the tricolor rhoeo once per week.
- Water slowly and deeply down through the roots.
- In the plant s first growth season, it s especially important to maintain a consistent watering schedule to ensure a strong, healthy root system.
- During the warm months, let the topsoil dry out between waterings, but not the bottom soil.
Typical uses of Rhoeo Spathacea Tricolor
As a houseplant, grow in hanging baskets or along shelves. Outdoors, it forms an excellent ground cover. Rock gardens. Borders. Grow this plant for its fabulous color and the striking textural dimension it brings to the landscape.
The spiky, lance-shaped foliage creates a very dramatic impression when planted as a mass or featured as a single specimen in a pot. Easy to care for as a houseplant too.
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.