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Also known as the Spider Flower, these heat and drought tolerant, deer resistant plants are topped with an ever-lengthening cluster of 4-8 inch spidery blossoms from early summer until frost. Cleomes look great planted among perennials and they are doubly striking when planted alone in large blocks. Hummingbirds love them.
Because they are hybrid cleomes (the first), Sparklers are more vigorous, and heavy blooming than open-pollinated varieties. They are also shorter, and bushier, making them easier to blend into garden beds, or to grow in containers. The 4-6 inch flower heads appear freely, starting in early summer and continuing into the fall, on upright 3.5-4 foot tall plants.
Blushing pink and white blooms.
Bright rose blooms.
A formulated mix of Sparkler Blush, Lavender, Rose, and White flowers.
Pure, pristine white flowers.
Pastel lavender flowers.
The plants in this open pollinated series grow 4-6 feet tall, smaller in short-season areas. Flower heads measure 6-8 inches across. The Queen Series offers the best self-sowing varieties available.
A formula mix of cherry, rose, violet and white flowers.
Bright cherry-rose blooms.
Vivid purple flower heads, and a purple tint to the leaf edges.
Pure white flowers.
Soft rose-pink blooms.
Sow Cleome seed in cell packs or flats press into soil and barely cover. Keep at 75-80°F. during the day, and 10°F. cooler at night. Germination is in 10-21 days. The 'Queen' series cleomes are best sown where they are to grow after all danger of frost ¼ inch deep and 3 inches apart. Thin to 18-24 inches apart.
Comments: The 'Sparkler' series is primed for easy germination and should not be chilled prior to sowing. The 'Queen' series will germinate at higher rates if the seed is chilled. Spread seed out evenly on a moist paper towel, fold and put inside a zip-lock bag. Place bag in the refrigerator for 2 weeks. Remove seeds and immediately sow into prepared seed beds. For both series high daytime temperatures followed by cooler nighttime temperatures is extremely beneficial. Outdoors this temperature swing occurs naturally. Indoors, using a heating pad during the day and turning it off at night is effective.