Cleome houtteana syn. C. hassleriana, syn. C. spinosa
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.
SPARKLER SERIES Cleome Seeds
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.
SPARKLER BLUSH Cleome
Blushing pink and white blossoms.
SPARKLER WHITE Cleome
Pure, fresh, white flowers.
SPARKLER LAVENDER Cleome
Pastel lavender flowers.
QUEEN SERIES Cleome Seeds
Queen series cleome plants grow 4-6 feet tall. Smaller in short-season areas. Flower heads measure 6-8 inches across. The cleomes of the Queen series are open pollinated; they are the best cleomes when self-sowing is desired.
QUEEN MIX Cleome
A formula mix of cherry, rose, violet and white flowers.
VIOLET QUEEN Cleome
Radiant purple flower heads. Leaf edges are tinted purple.
WHITE QUEEN Cleome
Solid white blooms.
ROSE QUEEN Cleome
Pastel rose-pink blooms.
CHERRY QUEEN Cleome
Bright cherry-rose blooms.
How to Plant Cleome Seeds
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.
Growing Cleome: 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.