On Jun 22, 2008, ycadillac from Stillwater, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
We bought these plants at a 75% plant sale to fill a slat of of other flowers, haveing never seen these plants in our area or even heard of them we just thought it would be interesting to see if they would grow. They have taken off great and are one of the hightlights of our flower garden! They look and smell like marjihauna plants! We really love these plants and are hoping they will come back again and again.
On Oct 12, 2007, macybee from Deer Park, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
Cleome -Spider Flower, Spider Plant
This genus of 150 species of bushy annuals and short-lived evergreen shrubs, from subtropical and tropical zones all over the world, is characterized by it spidery stamens and styles. The leaves are composed of from 5 - 7 palmate leaflets. One species is widely grown as a background beding plant, useful for its rapid growth and delicate floral effect.
Cultivation: Marginally frost hardy, they require full sun and fertile, well-drained soil, regular water and shelter from strong winds. Taller growth can be encouraged by removing side branches, and dead flowers should also be removed. Propagate from seed in spring or early summer. Check for aphids.
Cleome hassleriana syn Cleome spinosa of gardens
Native to subtropical South America, this fast-growing bushy annual is valued for its unusual spidery flowers. An erect plant, it grows to 4' tall with a spread of 18". It has large palmate leaves and the hairy, slightly prickly stems are topped in summer with heads of airy, pink and white flowers with long, protruding stamens. Several strains are available as seed, ranging in color from pure white to purple.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Vincent, Alabama Laingsburg, Michigan Raleigh, North Carolina New Miami, Ohio Stillwater, Oklahoma Baden, Pennsylvania Mullins, South Carolina Madison, Tennessee Cedar Hill, Texas Palacios, Texas Pearisburg, Virginia