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Tradescantia andersoniana 'Sweet Kate' - Spiderwort (aka Blue & Gold) (photo credit: Growing Colors)

Perennials

Tradescantia andersoniana 'Sweet Kate'

Spiderwort

Tradescantia ‘Sweet Kate’ is a compact, clump-forming, hybrid spiderwort that is noted for its unique chartreuse-yellow foliage. Three-petaled, purplish-blue flowers accented by contrasting yellow stamens are borne in clusters atop stiff stems. Numerous flower buds form in each cluster, but individual flowers open up only a few at a time, each for only one day, blooming in succession from May into summer. Arching, iris-like, bright yellow leaves are folded lengthwise forming a groove in each leaf.

Additional:

Also known as 'Blue & Gold' tradescantia

Spiderwort Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Easily grown in average, medium to wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, acidic, humusy soils. Tolerant of wet, boggy soils. Deadhead each flower cluster after all buds in the cluster have opened to extend the bloom period. Foliage usually declines after flowering and should be cut back almost to the ground to encourage new growth and additional late summer to fall bloom. Divide clumps when they become overcrowded.

Height:

12-15 Inches

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Spread:

12-15 Inches

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Hardiness Zone:

3 - 9

Characteristics & Attributes for Tradescantia andersoniana 'Sweet Kate'

Exposure
Sun
Partial Shade
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Wet
Attracts Wildlife
Butterflies
Critter Resistance
Rabbit Resistant
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Spring
Summer
Height
12-16 Inches
16-24 Inches
Attributes
Naturalizing
Border or Bed
Great Foliage
Mass Planting
Foliage Color
Chartreuse
Great Companion Plants for Tradescantia andersoniana 'Sweet Kate'
Siberian Iris Siberian Iris (Iris sibirica 'How Audacious')
Siberian Iris Siberian Iris (Iris siberica (Peacock Butterfly™ series) 'Uncorked')