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Tradescantia Blue and Gold



New variety with decorative foliage and bright flowers

A superb new Spiderwort, which is great for adding a touch of golden colour in a garden border. Makes a clump of long, yellow leaves which provide a lovely showcase for the clusters of purple, 3-petalled flowers that are freely produced throughout the summer.


Choose a sunny position although will tolerate a little shade, ideal for a bed or border. Great to create a contrast in colour against a darker background.


Enjoys a fertile, well-drained soil. Enrich the soil with organic matter before planting - home made garden compost or well rotted manure is fine. Cut back after flowering to encourage new growth.

These plants were named for John Tradescant and his son, English gardeners of the 17th century.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering June - November
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 30 cm - 50 cm
Plant width 35 cm - 40 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 40 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Part shade, Full shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Patio container, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September