"Boatlily is an ornamental herb used in flowerbeds and rock gardens. It spreads well, so is good for ground-covering. The names “Boatlily” and “Moses-in-a-Boat” come from the way its flowers sit nestled within its leaves, similar to someone sitting in a boat.
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With spectacular, long-blooming flowers, the boatlily is a popular ornamental plant in home gardens, and can also be kept as a highly decorative house plant.
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And from the conquer'd Foethy Name derive.
Thus Scipio, when the World's third Part he won,
While to the Spoils the meaner Captains run...
— Abraham Cowley
This plant got its name, Moses-in-the-cradle from its flowers, which are small and white. The flowers sit in a special leaf, called a bract which resembles a dark purple boat. This inspired the part ""in-the-cradle"" of the name.
Boatlily is a common plant in Chinese paper-cut culture. During the Spring Festival, it will be posted on doors and windows to symbolize auspiciousness and good weather for the coming year. Boatlily is not only used in traditional festivals, but also in the auditorium for marriage to express good wishes for new couples.
Auspiciousness, good health
The boatlily is treasured for its spiky, well-colored foliage that provides texture to containers in warm-climate gardens. It is commonly grown in container arrangements for the splash of color its foliage can provide. It can also be used as a ground cover in rock gardens, in areas where it is not considered invasive. The boatlily does well beside Calathea, Bird's Nest Fern, and Orchid plants.
All year around
20 cm to 40 cm
Boatlily is super easy to take care of, with resistance to almost all pests and diseases. It is a perfect option for gardeners with brown thumbs.
Full sun to partial sun
Average water needs, watering when the top 3 cm of soil has dried out.
Fertilization once a month during the growing season.
Deadhead (or remove) withered flowers after flowering.
Late summer, Autumn
It can be repotted February-March every year."