Cleome, or spider flower, is one of the easier flowers to grow. At 4 to 6 feet tall it is quite a showstopper. Cleome is fairly drought resistant and makes an ideal choice for areas not easily watered. Although cleome is an annual, it often reseeds itself, making it grow year after year in the same location.
Common name: Botete, Grandfather s whiskers (Engl.), Spiny spider flower (Engl.), Spider legs (Engl.), Violet queen (Engl.).
Color: yellow, violet, white, pink
Bloom time: mid-summer, late summer, early fall
Height: Height: 3 to 5 feet
Spread: 2 to 4 feet
Difficulty level: Easy
Planting & Care
Propagate by seed - Plants seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost, or outdoors after danger of frost is passed. Self-seeds readily.
Germination temperature: 70 F to 75 F
Days to emergence: 7 to 14
Sunlight: full sun, part shade
Soil: Tolerates droughty soil and low fertility. Soil pH requirements: 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral), 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Water: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater.
- May require staking.
- Deadhead to prevent self-seeding.
- It tends to get leggy on its lower stems, and other plants should be planted near its base to hide this.
- The stems are often covered with spines.
- Plants purchased in cell-packs with crowded roots may develop slowly or may not grow at all if the crowded roots stop growing.
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