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Spiderwort Sweet Kate

Sweet Kate is a lovely deep purple hybrid that is close to the original but much shorter and neater. Only 12 to 14 inches tall. (Tradescantia)

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Plant - 3" pot

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Details:

Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Plant Size: 12-14" tall, 16-20" wide
Light: Half Sun / Half Shade
Bloom Time: Early to late summer
Shipping: Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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Details
SKU 269PER
Common Name Spiderwort
Botanical Name Tradescantia
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Purple
Estimated Mature Height 12-14" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 16-20" wide
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Brilliant chartreuse foliage.
Planting Season Spring, Summer
Will Tolerate Loamy Soil, Clay Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Suggested Uses Deer Resistant, Hummingbirds & Butterflies, Containers, Borders, Extended Blooms
Ships to Canada No
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Description
Sweet Kate gives you the original flower color on a smaller, neater plant.

The Story of the Spiderworts and John Tradescant. The Spiderworts common name is obvious; the blooms look somewhat like spiders. (Wort simply means plant or root in Latin.) But the botanical name is more interesting.

These flowers are named Tradescantia after two very interesting Englishmen, a father and son, of the Elizabethan Age. John Tradescant, the Elder was a royal gardener and became very famous for his travels and exotic plants he brought home from the Continent. His son traveled much further. Even though he died in 1662, only 42 years after the Pilgrims arrived, he managed three different trips to Virginia. He introduced the North American Tulip Tree and other plants to Europe, but he and his father are immortalized forever in these beautiful American wildflowers. There are several wild species of Tradescantias in eastern America, with flowers ranging from blue to pink to white. All have the distinctive three-petaled form, and all are plants of wet places. Most hybrids today are created from crossing T. virginiana, the common blue Spiderwort, with other species in the group.

The Museum of Garden History in England celebrates the Tradescants, their travels, and their collections. You can visit their website and read even more: Click here to visit the Museum of Garden History.

Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
  • All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

    All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

  • Garden Gloves

    Garden Gloves

  • Blue Cardinal Flower

    Blue Cardinal Flower

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Beautiful, striking plants...

By HandyLadyJ

from Salem, Utah

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Pros

  • Long Bloom Time
  • Low Maintenance
  • Vivid Colors

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Border Control
    • Containers

    Comments about American Meadows Spiderwort Sweet Kate - Plant:

    Amazing packaging! Arrived in perfect condition. Planted them in large raised planters that lank the patio. Vivid blue flowers (prolific) contrast with iridescent green leaf spikes. Had these in Atlanta as walkway plants and always had compliments on them. They were perennials there, but will need to be replanted here in the mountain west (Utah) climate. No/low maintenance plant!

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    Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
    • All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

      All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

    • Garden Gloves

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    • Blue Cardinal Flower

      Blue Cardinal Flower

    Shipping

    Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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    Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
    • All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

      All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

    • Garden Gloves

      Garden Gloves

    • Blue Cardinal Flower

      Blue Cardinal Flower

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