Tradescantia 'Sweet Kate'
Many plants are promoted for their capacity to 'brighten a dark corner', but few come close to the psychedelic illumination of 'Sweet Kate'. In late spring the bright purple flowers look like butterflies perched on the iridescent lime-green foliage. Simply cut back to the ground in winter to enjoy this uniquely coloured garden delight. Discovered by Hazel Stevens in her garden in Kent, UK, as a chance sport beneath her apple tree, she 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 WII.
A slow-spreading groundcover, if left in situ, 'Sweet Kate' will naturalise in part-shade with adequate moisture. Drought resistant once established, water seasonally for best results. Prune, if required, after likelihood of frost has passed. Deadhead regulalry to improve flowering.