Tradescantia x andersoniana Sweet Kate

Virginia Spiderwort

$14.95 ea. (3+ discount) $14.50 ea.

In stock for Fall 2017

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Brilliant gold leaves highlight the deep blue/purple flowers of Tradescantia Sweet Kate. The plant forms dense spreading clumps of erect narrow strap-like leaves. Three petaled flowers form from late spring into fall. The stamen stems are the same pleasing lavender blue and have an enchanting bright yellow dot of pollen on each that appears to magically float above the flower. Excellent for providing some color in difficult locations, or in naturalized plantings. Stunning when paired with daylilies.

Details

Item Code: TRSK
Type: Perennials
Height: Short 16"
Spacing: Plant 20" apart
Bloom Time: Early Summer to Early Fall
Sun-Shade: Full Sun to Mostly Sunny
Zones: 4-9   Find Your Zone
Soil Condition: Normal, Clay
Flower: Purple
Accent: Purple
Pot Size: 3.5" square x 4" deep

Features to Note

  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Deer Resistant
  • Dry Shade Tolerant
  • Blooms for 4 Weeks or More
  • Wet Site Tolerant

Tradescantia General Information

Tradescantia are easily grown in soils that are moist to boggy. Can be sheared to the ground in midsummer. New foliage will return and possibly rebloom in Fall. When flower stems are cut, a secretion is released that is threadlike and silky much like a spider web; hence, the common name, Spiderwort.

Tradescantia Plant Care

Prefers moist to wet, fertile soil. Can be divided every 2 - 3 years in spring or fall. Cutting plants back by half in May will produce more compact plants, if desired. Remove spent blossoms through blooming season to increase repeat blooms. Flower buds close up by late afternoon. If not cut back in summer, cut back after killing frost.