Spider Lily - Tradescantia spathacea 'Sitara’ - Welsh Grown

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Scientific Name
Tradescantia spathacea (Tradescant's plant with leaves like broad-bladed swords) 'Sitara' (star-like)

Common Name
Spider Lily, Oyster Plant, Boatlily, Moses-in-the-Cradle

Native to Belize, Guatemala and Southern Mexico

The Spider Lily has striking, broad, blade-like leaves in bright green with deep puple undersides. This plant will bring a starburst of colour to your home and make any sideboard or coffee table look more than ordinary, and it will repay your care with explosive foliage and gorgeous colours.

Thrives in bright, indirect light.


Allow the top two inches of soil to dry out in between waterings. Ensure good drainage and don't allow to sit in water; also take care not to wet the leaves too often if possible.

Average household humidity is fine; keep an eye out for leaf browning which indicates too dry air. Will benefit from an occasional misting.


Plant in fast draining, but moisture retentive soil. A mix with added bark or perlite would be ideal. Repot every three years in spring, and only if absolutely necessary.

Feed every four waters in the growing season, reduce to every six in autumn and winter.


Average household temperatures of about 18-30°C are good- make sure it doesn't drop below 12°C in winter.

Yes, but too much nibbling won't be good for pets, small humans or the plant!

Sprouts Top Tips
The most likely cause of wilted leaves and stunted growth is underwatering; try moving it to a less bright location or watering more if you encounter these symptoms!


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