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'Sweet Kate' Spiderwort is a unique, indigo-purple bloomer with three heart-shaped petals and strappy blades of gold-chartreuse foliage. Long-blooming and native to the US, 'Sweet Kate' is slightly fragrant, attracting butterflies to its flowers, but not deer. Low-growing enough to be planted in containers. (Tradescantia)

Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Containers
Containers
Native
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 10-14" tall, 12-24" wide
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Size Plant - 3" pot
SKU 269PER

Plant Information

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.

SKU 269PER
Common Name Sweet Kate Spiderwort
Botanical Name Tradescantia Sweet Kate
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Purple
Flower Size 1-2" flowers
Mature Height 10-14" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 12-24" wide
Growth Rate Medium
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 Color Green
Foliage Brilliant chartreuse foliage.
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Clay Soil, Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Easy to Grow, Containers, Native
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals Poisonous if ingested. Skin irritant.
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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

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4.0

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  • Accurate Instructions

Cons

  • Performed poorly

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Comments about American Meadows Sweet Kate Spiderwort:

Before I comment, let me add this caveat. I received this plant right as the really hot and droughty weather hit. If I had ordered the plant earlier and gotten it established in the spring, it might have done well. I purchased three spiderwort plants from a local nursery in early spring. They quickly established and spread over a huge section of the lawn. The ones I ordered from you never bloomed and looked sickly all summer before apparently dying. I will wait to see if they return in the spring.

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5.0

More beautiful than the picture

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from Black Forest, CO

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  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

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    Comments about American Meadows Sweet Kate Spiderwort:

    This plant is thriving, still in bloom in October in Colorado! It has gorgeous chartreuse leaves and brilliant blue flowers, just stunning.

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    5.0

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    from LYNN MASS

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • A Great Addition To My Ga
    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • No problems

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    Comments about American Meadows Sweet Kate Spiderwort:

    EVERY PRODUCT FROM YOU HAS BEEN MORE THAN EXPECTED. TO THOSE REDING THIS, NO I DON'T HAVE RELATIVES WORKING FOR THIS ORGANIZATION. THE CONDITION OF PLANTS ARRIVING, INCLUDING PACKAGING FAR EXCEED ANY COMPETITION. THANK YOU FOR ASKING.
    I HAVE HAD OCCAISION TO POST PICTURES OF MY GARDEN ON F.B. TO RAVE COMMENTS

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    5.0

    Beautiful, striking plants...

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    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 Sweet Kate Spiderwort:

      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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      USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

      To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

      • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
      • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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