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Cleome hassleriana 'Senorita Rosalita'

Spider flower

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Key information

Plant type

Half-hardy annual

Flower colour

Mixed

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Half hardy

Skill level

Experienced

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Plant details

Cleomes are half-hardy annuals native to the grasslands of South America. They flower over a long season and look fantastic in a mixed ornamental border, growing alongside dahlias and tall annuals such as cosmos and amaranthus. Their common name, spider flower, refers to the extraordinarily long stamens protruding from the large scented flowers - both these and the long seed pods later in the season give the flowers a spidery appearance. They make excellent cut flowers. For best results grow cleomes in a free-draining soil in full sun. They are drought tolerant, so don't need much cossetting after they have passed the young plant stage. However, they are hard to grow from seed so it's best to buy them as young plants in late spring. Unlike other clemoes, Cleome 'Senorita Rosalita' doesn't have spines and the lavender-blue flowers are borne all over the plant, not just at the top.

Family: Capparaceae

Genus: Cleome

Species: hassleriana

Cultivar: 'Senorita Rosalita'

Plant type: Half-hardy annual

Flower colour: Mixed

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 60cm

Spread: 40cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Flowering period: July to September


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