Rhoeo spathacea is known as Tradescantia spathacea. Moses in the Cradle is a rather moist herb with a thick cluster of sturdy sword-shaped leaves that appears from a trunklike stem. The leaves are a dark teal-tinged forest green on top and vivid violet underneath. The small white three-petaled flowers are unseen in boat-shaped purple bracts nestled in the leaf axils. Flowers and seeds are assembled all year. Also, the boat-shaped bracts with a small white flower in the middle look like an eye.