Cleome: Spider flower
Height 60cm-l.2m (2-4ft)
Planting distance 60cm (2ft)
Flowers mid summer until autumn
The spider flower (Cleome spinosa) is a handsome plant with globe-shaped flower heads and elegant green, divided leaves. The fragrantopen from mid summer until autumn and come in white, delicate pink and purple. In a tub the plants rarely exceed 60cm (2ft), but in well-prepared ground in a border they can grow up to 1.2m (4ft) tall.
Several varieties have been developed from Cleome spinosa. ‘Cherry Queen’ has carmine-pink flowers. ‘Colour Fountain’ has pink, rose, purple, lilac and white flowers. ‘Helen Campbell’ is a white-flowered variety.
Sow the seeds under glass in early spring and keep at a temperature of 18°C (64°F). When the seedlings are large enough to handle prick them out into small pots. Harden off for a few weeks before planting out in late spring. Grow in fertile well-drained soil in full sun.
Pests and diseases
Aphids may infest young growth.