‘Good Luck’


Full nameTradescantia (Andersoniana Group) ‘Good Luck’.
Name statusAccepted, the valid name for a unique cultivar.

Established with a description by Strooper-Dekker V.O.F. (2012). Because it is a legal protection registration, the name is accepted permanently over any other (Brickell et al., 2016, Arts. 11.3, 11.4).
OriginsOrigins documented by Strooper-Dekker V.O.F. (2012). Seedling from two unnamed Tradescantia Andersoniana Group parents, selected in 2006 in Anna Paulowna, the Netherlands. Bred and named by Jan Strooper, introduced by Strooper-Dekker V.O.F.
ClassificationLike other hardy garden hybrids, it is now placed in the Andersoniana Group. These hybrids are sometimes mislabelled as Tradescantia virginiana or the invalid botanical hybrid Tradescantia × andersoniana.
Legal protectionProtected by plant breeder’s right in the EU and UK (Strooper-Dekker V.O.F., 2012). Patented in the USA (Strooper, 2013).
AvailabilitySold by a small number of nurseries.


Described by Strooper (2013), with reference to the RHS Colour Chart (5th edition).

Cultivar groupTradescantia Andersoniana Group.
Growth habitCompact and upright, moderately vigorous. 45cm high x 55cm spread.
FoliageStem internodes about 5.6cm long and 5mm wide, moderate olive green (137B), smooth and hairless.

Leaves are about 21.4cm long and 1.6cm wide, smooth and hairless except for the margins near the base. Top sides of developing leaves are strong yellow green (143A), undersides are strong yellow green (143A) to moderate olive green (137B). Top sides of matures leaves are moderate olive green (137B) with greyish olive green veins (N137A), undersides are moderate yellow or yellowish green (137C to 137D) with greyish olive green veins (N137A).
FlowersFlower stalks are about 2.5cm long and 1.5mm wide, dark pink (182C to 182D), smooth and hairless.

Buds are about 1cm long and 5mm wide, moderate yellowish green (137D) heavily tinged with moderate reddish brown (177A).

Sepals are about 1.1cm long and 3.5mm wide, hairless inner and outer surfaces but with hairs at the margins. Insides are moderate yellow green (146B) strongly tinged with greyish red (184A) to moderate red (184B). Outsides are moderate yellowish green (137D), heavily tinged with greyish purple (N77A).

Flowers are about 3.8cm across. Petals have slightly undulating edges. Inside and outside surfaces are strong violet (N88B), and strong purple (N87A) towards the base.

Stamen filaments and style are deep purple (83B). Anthers are vivid yellow (12A). Stigma is yellowish grey (156B) to yellowish white (156D).
ComparisonsCompared to Tradescantia (Andersoniana Group) ‘Bilberry Ice’, it is more compact, flowers more profusely, and is less prone to rust.


Strooper-Dekker V.O.F. (2012, February 6). Tradescantia virginiana ‘Good Luck’ [EU Plant breeder’s rights registration 31460]. Community Plant Variety Office. Registration document link.

Strooper, J. (2013, October 8). Tradescantia plant named ‘Good Luck’ [US patent PP23,963 P2]. United States Patent and Trademark Office. Internet Archive link.