What we like about 'Sweet Kate' is the brilliant gold foliage that pairs in such beautiful sharp contrast with dark purple flowers. It's a brilliant addition to gardens of greens, silvers, and blue for a pop of added color through foliage and then flowers that last about eight weeks long.
The foliage of Spiderwort maintains nice compact 12 to 18" clumps. The leaves are long and narrow, often referred to as strapy, as they weave among each other in a basket-like appearance. Plant in afternoon shade to prevent leaf scorching. Native to North America tradescantia is a great flowering plant for providing food to native bees and other pollinators.
|Bloom Color:||Purple flowers with three lobes golden centers|
|Genus & Species:||Tradescantia 'Sweet Kate'|
|Mature Height:||9 to 12 inches|
|Mature Spread:||9 to 12 inches|
|Plant Spacing:||8 or more inches|
|Planting Depth:||Crown of plant level with the soil surface|
|Planting Time:||Spring/Fall planting|
|Sun Exposure:||Full sun to part shade|
|Zone:||4 to 9|
General care for any tree or shrub is easy, but like any living thing will require your attention. Please educate yourself and follow these simple rules.
Caring for Tradescantia 'Sweet Kate' - Spiderwort
Easy to grow and adaptable to a variety of soil conditions, but as always we recommend mulch. Can grow in full sun, but tends to scorch, so we recommend part sun to part shade for best color and results. It is tolerant of wet boggy soils and will grow well in a shade rain garden. Near mid-summer if the plant begins to decline and slow down both growth and flowering it can be cut back to near the crown. This will stimulate new growth and create a flush of color and flowers in the fall. Divide clumps when the plant becomes overcrowded.