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Cleome houtteana 'Sparkler Mix'

Family: Cleomaceae
Genus: Cleome (klee-OH-me) (Info)
Species: houtteana (hoot-AH-na) (Info)
Cultivar: Sparkler Mix
Additional cultivar information: (Sparklerô series; aka Sparklerô Mix)

Synonym:Cleome hassleriana
Synonym:Cleome sesquiorygalis
Synonym:Tarenaya hassleriana

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ohsusannah On Apr 25, 2011, ohsusannah from Cedar Hill, TX wrote:

This plant has been a winner in my garden each summer for the past four years. In spite of the heat it has remained consistently beautiful throughout the summer.

Positive ycadillac 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.

Neutral macybee 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.
Zones 9-11


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Vincent, Alabama
Laingsburg, Michigan
Raleigh, North Carolina
Hamilton, Ohio
Stillwater, Oklahoma
Baden, Pennsylvania
Mullins, South Carolina
Cunningham, Tennessee
Madison, Tennessee
Cedar Hill, Texas
Palacios, Texas
Pearisburg, Virginia

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