Cleome hassleriana, Cleome spinosa, Spider Flower, Crown Flower

Cleome hassleriana, Cleome spinosa

Spider Flower, Crown Flower
Family: Capparaceae
Origin: Subtropical South America
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterBlue, lavender, purple flowersWhite, off-white flowersPink flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

A native of Subtropical South America, Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower) is a small shrub that can grow up to 2-5 feet. For best results, this annual should be planted in full sun or semi-shade and should receive regular to moderate amounts of water. Expect to be rewarded with spectacular displays of pink, white, off-white, blue, lavender-purple colored flowers throughout summer, from July through September. Along with adding a beautiful look to the garden, the Spider Flower also attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

For cold regions, Spider Flower can also be grown in a pot and planted outdoors when these regions experience warmer weather. To do this, the pot should be brought indoors during the colder months, in a warm and bright spot, and watered only when the top soil is starting to dry out. Alternatively, the pot can also be taken outside when the temperatures start to drop and should be brought back indoors when temperatures reach freezing.

For those who are looking to add a pop of color to their garden and attract wildlife Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower) is a must-have! As it requires very little care and blooms throughout the summer months, this plant is the perfect addition to any green-space and will surely bring delight to the garden.

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