The sensational golden-yellow foliage is teamed with brilliant violet blue blooms – wow! The blooms last only a day but feat not, there is a steady supply of them.
Tradescantia ‘Sweet Kate’ is so easy and rewarding to grow. With very little effort you will have months of flowers from spring to autumn. The bright foliage forms a neat clump that will slowly expand. It is not invasive like many of its relatives.
Grow Tradescantia ‘Sweet Kate’ in a semi shade location that avoids afternoon sun. Ideally plant in humus rich, moist, well drained soils though it is tolerant of boggy and poor soils. Water to establish and keep moist in active growth. Cut back foliage that is damaged by frost to tidy.
Try teaming Tradescantia ‘Sweet Kate’ with deep green leaves of some Hosts a or for real contrast, purple foliage such as Coleus. This plant is also known as Tradescantia ‘Blue and Gold’.
Tradescantia is commonly known as Spiderwort. They are known as Spiderworts because when the leaves are cut they secrete a viscous liquid that sets hard and silky like a spiders web.
After the first flush has finished, you can cut the plant back to the ground and fertilise for a second autumn flush.
Tradescantia x andersoniana
Spring to Autumn
Cool to Sub-Tropical
Unavailable in WA
Semi Shade to Full Shade