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Cleome hassleriana

 
Cleome hassleriana
spider flower
Common name spider flower
Family brassicaceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers pink (summer)
Size 4'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
From seed self-seeds in our garden

We started this from seed once, many years ago (of the 'Violet queen' cultivar), and have a permanent supply now. Seedlings show up by late spring, and are easy to recognize. The bright green hand-shaped foliage is attractive, and grows up quickly; the flowers start early summer. Seeds form in long spidery tubes, and shoot out all over the place. Since this is a tall plant, we have to make sure to weed out the ones that come up near the front of the border.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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