Cleome 'Helen Campbell'

Cleome 'Helen Campbell'

Spider flower

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Cleome 'Helen Campbell'
  • Common name: Spider flower
  • Plant type: Annual

Height: 1.8m

Spread: 60cm

Flower colour:
  • White
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Flowers

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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.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle, Back
  • Hardiness: Half hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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