Tradescantia ‘Sweet Kate’
In early Summer, Deep rich blue flowers appear on stems above a lustrous golden foliage. An illuminating addition to a dark spot in the garden. Tradescantia ‘Sweet Kate’ is a real tough little beauty discovered by Hazel Stevens in her garden in Kent, UK.
Showy and Tough
It’s clear that these plants love moisture, however they are actually very tolerant of dry conditions once established. An all round easy to grow plant, Tradescantia ‘Sweet Kate’ likes Deep Shade to Partial Shade and happy in Dry Shade too.
Growing: Tradescantia ‘Sweet Kate’
– Height with flowers: 45cm approx.
– Width: 20cm approx.
– Position: Deep Shade and can also grow happily in Dappled Sun but must avoid afternoon Sun.
– Soil: Tradescantia is adaptable to many types of soil but must be moist and well-drained is ideal.
– Fragrance: None, however the eye-popping contrast makes up for that.
– Frost: Hardy.
– Growth: Herbaceous Perennial.
– Attracts: Butterflies, Bees as well as Birds and other pollinators.
– Care: Simply cut back to the ground in winter. Don’t let younger plants get too dry, especially in winter. Mulch or regular watering is best. Tradescantia thrive in humidity and will grow easily in a moist positioning.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Not first choice for these pests but they might have a nibble.
– Origin: This chance sport was found by Hazel Stevens growing under her apple tree in Kent, UK. Hazel named it after her daughter and asked for all her royalties to go to the Mcindoe Burns Unit, a charity that cared for badly burned airmen after World War II.