The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Family: Commelinaceae.

Rhoeo spathacea Stearn (R. discolor Hance).
Rhoeo Genus of one species from Mexico, Central America, and Florida. Rhoeo is a foliage plant. The short stems bears fleshy, lance-shaped leaves. Their colouring is unusual - glossy green or green-and-yellow above, purple below. An added feature of interest is the presence of small white flowers in purple 'boats' at the base of the lower leaves. Remove side shoots if grown as a specimen plant. It needs winter warmth and freedom from draughts.
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Average warmth in summer - minimum 55F in winter.Brightly lit spot. Keep well away from direct sunlight. Keep compost moist at all times but never waterlogged. Reduce watering in winter. Use soft, tepid water. Misting is necessary. Take stem cuttings in spring.

User-submitted additions and corrections:

2nd Oct 2008
We had this plant in a pot in our yard at the coast of Kenya, East Africa!
Texas USA
6th Jun 2009
Bought a couple after seeing them enmass in Mexico. I have them in FULL sun all day in SE Texas gumbo soil, never misted not watered they are loving it strong & healthy many blooms
14th Feb 2010
I inherited this plant from my grandmother who lived in SW Texas. I brought it to OK where it is doing well but no one knew what it was until your picture. It is beautiful and easy to grow as a houseplant.
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