Cleome - Spider Flower
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Cleome has been a longtime favorite in Southern cottage gardens because of its attractive foliage and flowers, and its ability to take the summer heat. And now gardeners have more options, thanks to new varieties that have come on the market.
Unlike some plants that fade in the mid-summer heat, cleome keeps right on performing. It blooms heavily in early summer and continues to bloom throughout the season.
The whiskery, spider-like flowers can be white, pink, or purple, and often attract hummingbirds. It's often called "spider flower" because of the form of its flowers.
The flowers are produced along stalks that can grow up to five feet tall, depending on the cultivar. The flowers start blooming at the bottom of the stalk and progress upward as summer stretches on.
These tall flower stalks make cleome a great plant for adding height at the back of a flower bed.
Technically, cleome is an annual, though it may survive for longer than one season in parts of Florida. Cleome often self-seeds, which means you'll have plants in the same location year after year.
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October 12th, 2014
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