Spider flower

Cleome hassleriana 'Violet Queen'

Spider flower - Cleome hassleriana 'Violet Queen'

Common Name: Spider flower
Genus: Cleome
Species: hassleriana
Cultivar: 'Violet Queen'

Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 1.50 m (150 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, Pink
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July to September

Soil Type: Sandy/Light
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

Eyecatching and strongly-scented, the deep violet flowers and palm-like leaves of this beautiful plant will add a tropical look to the late summer garden. Great for adding vertical interest to a perennial border, the spidery flowers will also make attractive cut flowers. The seed heads can be dried and added to bouquets too.

  • Garden care:For early flowers sow under glass in late winter or spring. Plant seeds approximately 1cm deep in a seed tray containing good compost and keep warm. When large enough to handle pot on and harden off before planting outside. Alternatively sow thinly outside in a sunny bed after all risk of frost has passed. Thin to 45cm as they grow on. Avoid over-watering and dead-head regularly to keep the plants producing more flowers. Protect them from strong winds and frosts.

  • Sow: February-June

  • Flowering: July-September


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