Spiderflower (Cleome hassleriana)-Hort Answers - University of Illinois Extension
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Annual

Spiderflower
Cleome hassleriana

Cleome 'Sparkler Blush'
Cleome 'Sparkler Blush'
 
Features
Airy, graceful plant with attractive foliage and an interesting combination of flowers and seed pods along tall stems. Taller varieties good for back of the border.  
 
Culture
Full sun, in moist well-drained soil. 
 
Cultivars
  • ‘Queen’ Series
  • ‘Sparkler’ Series
  • ‘Senorita’ Series
  • ‘Spirit’ Series
  • ‘Linde Armstrong”  (compact type) 
 
 
Mature Height
18 Inches - 5 Feet
 
Size
Medium
Tall
 
 
Annual Hardiness Type
Half-Hardy Annual
 
 
Bloom Color
Lavender
Pink
White
 
 
Bloom Season
June - October
 
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
 
 
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Sun
 
 
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage


Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:

None serious

 
Additional Notes
Cleome will reseed and may become a permanent feature in the garden. The stems have thorns. Overwatering and overfertilizing causes leggy growth. Deadhead to encourage rebloom and to lessen the reseeding problem. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Tolerates dry soils but looks better with some moisture.

 

 
Related Resources
Home, Yard & Garden Pest Guide
Illinois Commercial Landscape and Turfgrass Pest Management Handbook
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