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Cleome hassleriana 'Colour Fountain'

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

Frost and cold winds are lethal to this elegant South American annual, so start under glass and only plant out after the last frosts - obey these simple rules, and the rest is easy, despite its exotic appearance. The common name refers to the extraordinarily long stamens protruding from the large scented flowers, and both these and the long seed pods later in the season give the flowers a very spidery appearance. A finely blended mixture such as 'Colour Fountain' makes some of the most appealing dot plants among bedding, and makes excellent pot plants too. Also known as C. spinosa.

Family: Capparaceae

Genus: Cleome

Species: hassleriana

Cultivar: Colour Fountain

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: 120cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May


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