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Cleome, the spider flower, is a tall and colourful annual plant, great for massed planting or for container growing. It grows to around a metre tall, and can have thorns so should be planted away from paths. Plant in spring and enjoy the firecracker shaped flowers through the warm months. It can tend to self seed from the interestingly shaped seed pods. Too much fertiliser can make the growth too lush at the expense of flowering.
Native to South America.
Flower colour: pink, white, mauve
Flowering season: spring summer autumn
Maximum height: 2 metres
Minimum height: 0.5 metres
Maximum width: 0.5 metres
Minimum width: 0.2 metres
This plant will tolerate full sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: Butterflies, insects.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Sand: moist, well-drained.
Planting season: Spring.
Types of fertiliser: Low nitrogen fertiliser.