Spotlight On: Cleome
Common Names: Cleome
Scientific Name: Cleome hasslerana
Plant Type: Annual, though they often reseed themselves
Sun: Full Sun, Light Shade
Water: Drought Tolerant, but grows better if watered well
Bloom Time: Early Summer to Mid Fall
Bloom Color: Pinks, Rose, White, Purple
Height: 4-6 Feet
Wildlife: Flowers attract butterflies & hummingbird
A great plant for the Fourth of July, Cleome is also known as the Sparkler or Spider Flower for its unique blooms. This is a true summer flower that is drought tolerant and handles the heat well. A low maintenance plant that will often re-seed itself to come back again next year, cleome adds height and texture to any garden.
Cleome are typically very pest and disease resistant, though with their height they may need to be protected by the wind with use of stakes or cages.
These also make great cut flowers, though the foliage has a unique scent that can be unpleasant to some.