Tradescantia spathacea is in the family Commelinaceae. Commonly known as oysterplant, or moses-in-the-cradle, it is native to Central and South America including Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala. Oysterplant is a clump forming perennial that produces rosettes of fleshy leaves that are glossy green above and dark purple below. The attractive foliage has made this species a very popular plant for use in subtropical landscapes, such as homes and gardens in the southeast United States. However, because of its widespread use, coupled with its ability to spread due to thick fleshy rhizomes, oysterplant is considered highly invasive in southern states like Florida.