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Cleome 'Senorita Rosalita'

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Family: Cleomaceae
Genus: Cleome (klee-OH-me) (Info)
Cultivar: Senorita Rosalita
Additional cultivar information: (PP19733, aka Senorita Rosalita, Inncleosr)
Hybridized by Hofmann; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2008

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Annuals
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Violet/Lavender

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

Foliage:
Herbaceous
Smooth-Textured

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant is resistant to deer
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Patented

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Profile:

3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive pamelaamunroe On Aug 16, 2013, pamelaamunroe from Richfield, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

I bought two of these this year and later found out they are annuals. They have been wonderful and have bloomed consistently from May to August (so far) without a break.
My conditions are sun and dry. Will buy many more. No dead-heading! Just wish they would come back!

Positive John_in_Garland On May 1, 2011, John_in_Garland from Garland, TX wrote:

I love Senorita Rosalita in Dallas TX area. Grows about 3 ft tall in mostly sun, blooms all summer, and doesn't get leggy or set seed. Plants can be hard to find. Last two years I found 8 in. patio pots containing three units and just divided them.

Positive ericabelle On Jul 4, 2009, ericabelle from West Plains, MO (Zone 6b) wrote:

Amazing annual for this area - reseeds prolifically every year. This year just a few plants have formed a "bush" that is branching 3 feet across! A beautiful "airy" bloom that is a compliment to many other flowers in the garden. I'll have to remember to not plant it so close to my perennials next year because it can completely cover them up if it hits pay dirt.

Neutral htop On May 5, 2008, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have just planted this plant so I can not rate it yet. Spider flower, spider legs, grandfather's whiskers, cleome 'Senorita Rosalita' (Cleome) is classified as an annual. But in frost free areas (Zones 10/11), it can be grown all year; however, it performs best in the spring, through the summer and into the fall. It produces 1 inch long, tight, compact, pink/purple florets on the tops and sides of the plant instead of producing balls of flowers at the top of long stalks. It appears bushier than the cleome that I have planted before. It is supposed to be heat and drought tolerant (once established) providing blooms all summer without resting for a while when it becomes really hot and then perking up in cooler weather. Other notable characteristics are that doesn't set seed so no dead-heading is necessary and it is spineless. The dark green foliage has no scent. I shall see how it does in the San Antonio summer heat.

Awards Won:

2007 - Top Five Performer - Colorado State University
2007 - Top Five Performer - Ohio State University Extension
2007 - New "Fashioned" Plants - Chesapeake Home Magazine
2007 - Top 10 - University of Minnesota-Grand Rapids
2007 - Top Rated Performer - Cedar Rapids Parks Department
2007 - Knock Your Socks Off - University of Georgia
2007 - Best Pick - University of Tennessee
2007 - Top Performer - University Laval
2007 - Top Performer - Ohio State University Extension
2007 - Leader of the Pack Early Season - North Carolina State
2007 - Top Performer - Smithsonian Institution
2007 - Excellent Rating - Massachussetts Horticultural Society
2007 - Top Performer - Kansas State University
2007 - Best of the Zoo - Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
2007 - Top Performers - University of Minnesota
2007 - Outstanding Rating - Boerner Botanical Garden
2006 - Best New Varieties - University of Florida
2006 - Outstanding Rating - Disney Winter Trials
2006 - Top Performer - Cornell
2006 - Best New Varieties - Spring - University of Florida
2006 - Top Performer - Michigan State University
2006 - Top Performer - University of Tennessee
2006 - Gardeners Choice - National Arboretum
2006 - Leader of the Pack Early Season - North Carolina State
2006 - Top Performer - University of Minnesota-Morris
2006 - Exciting Annual - University of Minnesota
2006 - Top 25 - Ohio State University Extension
2006 - Top Performers - University of Minnesota
2006 - Top Performers - Colorado State University
2006 - Best New Varieties - Texas A & M - East Texas Bedding Plant Trials
2006 - Trial Manager Favorites - Texas A & M - East Texas Bedding Plant Trials
2006 - Best New Varieties - Cedar Rapids Parks Department
2006 - Growers Choice - University of Guelph
2006 - Gardeners Choice - University of Guelph
2006 - Top New Variety - Cedar Rapids Parks Department
2006 - Excellent Rating - Longwood Gardens
2006 - Les Exceptionelles -J ardin Daniel A. Seguin
2006 - Consumer Choice - Jardin Daniel A. Seguin
2006 - Top Performer -Jardin Daniel A. Seguin
2006 - Excellent Rating - Boerner Botanical Garden
2006 - Top New Varieties - Penn State
2006 - Best Varieties - Colorado State University
2006 - Top Rated Performer - Delaware Valley college, Henry Schmeider Arboretum
2006 - Excellent Rating - Massachussetts Horticultural Society

Regional...

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

Kissimmee, Florida
Chicago, Illinois
New Orleans, Louisiana
Bellevue, Michigan
Binghamton, New York
Southold, New York
Richfield, Ohio
Austin, Texas
Garland, Texas
San Antonio, Texas



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