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Tradescantia (Andersoniana Group) 'Sweet Kate' (Spider Lily)

Spider Lily 'Sweet Kate', Spiderwort 'Sweet Kate', Tradescantia 'Blue and Gold'


Noted for its luminous chartreuse foliage, Tradescantia 'Sweet Kate' (Spider Lily) is a compact clump-forming perennial with narrowly lance-shaped bright golden-yellow leaves. From late spring to midsummer, the foliage is topped by small clusters of three-petaled, violet blue flowers, up to 1.5 in. across (4 cm), adorned with showy yellow stamens. The purple flowers make an eye-popping contrast with the shimmering yellow leaves. Blooming in succession for about 8 weeks, each flower lasts only a day but there is such an abundance of flower buds that this plant is rarely out of blooms.

  • Grows up to 9-12 in. tall and wide (22-30 cm).
  • Easily grown in fertile, moist, well-drained soils in sun or shade. The best yellow foliage color is obtained in full sun.
  • Great for beds and borders, city gardens, cottage gardens or coastal gardens.
  • Virtually pest and disease free.
  • After flowering, cut back flowered stems to prevent seeding and to encourage further flowers.
  • Propagate by division in spring or autumn.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Tradescantia - Spiderworts
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 9" – 11" (22cm – 28cm)
Spread 9" – 1' (22cm – 30cm)
Spacing 9" – 12" (22cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Tradescantia - Spiderworts
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 9" – 11" (22cm – 28cm)
Spread 9" – 1' (22cm – 30cm)
Spacing 9" – 12" (22cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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