- Botanical name: Cleome hassleriana ''Senorita Rosalita''
- Common name: Spider flower
- Plant type: Annual
- Features: Flowers
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. Cleomes make excellent cut flowers.
For best results grow cleomes in a free-draining soil in full sun. They're drought tolerant, so don't need much cossetting after they've 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 cleomes, Cleome hassleriana 'Senorita Rosalita' doesn't have spines and the lavender-blue flowers are borne all over the plant, not just at the top.
- Sun exposure: Full sun
- Aspect: South facing, West facing
- Position in border: Middle
- Hardiness: Half hardy
- Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist
- Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers
Effects:No toxic effects reported for this plant.