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Cleome 'Helen Campbell'

Spider flower

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Plant type

Half-hardy annual

Flower colour






Skill level


Cleome spinosa 'Helen Campbell'

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.

Cleome 'Helen Campbell' is a particularly attractive variety which produces scented white flowers throughout summer. For best results grow Cleome 'Helen Campbell' in free-draining soil in full sun. Raise from seed in early spring and plant outside after all risk of frost has passed. It makes an excellent cut flower.

Family: Capparaceae

Genus: Cleome

Cultivar: Helen Campbell

Plant type: Half-hardy annual

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 180cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to plant seeds: April to May

Flowering period: June to July

Reader reviews


i had these last summer. beautiful flower but the caterpillars loved them too, absolutely obliterated it. striped it almost clean.


I have grown cleome's for several years, but last year & this year I am not able to find any in garden books or garden centres.I do love thsi flower can anyone suggest where I can get hold of them.

Lyn Plant-Wells

I have grown these from seeds (pods taken from flowers in France.) They grew quite easily but I stupidly planted them at the wrong time and I'm having to look after them indoors until warm enough to harden off outside.

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