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Also known as the Spider Flower, Cleome plants are topped with ever-lengthening clusters of 4-8 inch, spidery flower heads. Bloom begins in early summer, continues until frost. Cleomes blend beautifully with perennial flowers.They are doubly striking planted alone in large blocks. Hummingbirds love Cleome blossoms. Plants are deer resistant, and will tolerate heat and drought.
The 4-6 inch flower heads of Sparkler series cleomes appear freely, from early summer into the fall. Plants are upright growing, will reach 3.5-4 feet tall. Sparkler Cleomes are the first hybrids. They are more vigorous, and heavy blooming than open-pollinated plants. Sparklers grow shorter and bushier, are easier to blend into garden beds. Will grow in containers.
Blushing pink and white blossoms.
Pure, fresh, white flowers.
Pastel lavender flowers.
A formula mix of cherry, rose, violet and white flowers.
Bright cherry-rose blooms.
Radiant purple flower heads. Leaf edges are tinted purple.
Solid white blooms.
Pastel 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.