An old fashioned favorite, also known as Spider Flower, cleome's large airy flowers bloom atop sturdy 4-5 foot stalks. A very stately centerpiece in the garden or as a cut flower for large arrangements. If pinched when about 6 inches tall, each plant will branch out to produce a half dozen or more blooms. This plant sometimes does best when planted in the fall, also self-seeds readily. A good bee plant. Deep pastel pink flowers.
Germination: 15-21 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-75ºF, chilling seeds 5-7 days before sowing aids germination.
Seed Planting Depth: Sow on surface and press into soil, seeds need light to germinate.
Starting Indoors: Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Provide 65-70ºF soil temperature for germination. Transplant after the last frost, 12-18” apart
Sowing Outdoors: Direct sow after the last frost, sow seeds lightly in a prepared area, thin to 12-18” apart.
Growth Habit: Upright, branching
Height and Width: 48-60” x 18-24”
Spacing: 12-18” apart
Light Needs: Full sun
Soil Needs: Average to fertile, well-drained
Approximate days to flower from seed: 70-80 days
Uses: Flower beds, cottage gardens, cut flowers, attracts pollinators, containers, deer resistant
Care: Pinch seedlings back to create a bush-type habit with more branches and blooms. Self-seeds, remove seeds heads if you do not want volunteers the following season.