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How to Grow Spider Flower

Cleome Germination Information

Cleome is the botanical name for Spider Flower
Cleome Seed Germination How to Sow Cleome:
  • Outdoors, sow where plants are to grow when danger of frost is past
  • Indoors, sow 4-6 weeks before planting outside, barely covering the seed
  • Germination takes 7-14 days; blooms arrive 3 months from sowing
  • Maintain a temperature within the medium of 55-72° F
  • Germination takes 15-20 days
  • When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed

How to Grow Cleome:
Spacing: Space 2-3 feet apart in full sun in a warm, dry location

Soil: Plants prefer evenly moist soil while establishing and drier soil after that

Additional Care: Pinch plants early to encourage branching. Cleome withstands heat and drought and tolerates nearly any soil

Appearance and Use:

Airy flowerheads are borne over a long season on theis easy-to-grow annual that is ideal for background planting, border or for cut flowers. Strongly fragrant annuals, 3-6 feet tall, with 6- to 7- inch heads of orchid-like blooms of rose, pink, white, or lavender. They bloom from summer till frost. Long, cylindrical seedpods appear in fall and collectively can form a spidery look. The airy blooms sport long stamens that resemble the legs of a spider –– the inspiration for Cleome’s common name. Light to mid-green foliage, held in groups of 5-7 leaflets, are palmately compound and prickly


About Cleome:
Pronunciation:  kle-o-me has-ler-e-a’na
Lifecycle:  Annual
Origination: Caper family (Capparaidaceae); native to the Caribbean
Common Name:Spider Flower