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Spider Flower, Spider Legs, Grandfather's Whiskers, Cleome 'Spirit Appleblossom'

Cleome houtteana

Family: Cleomaceae
Genus: Cleome (klee-OH-me) (Info)
Species: houtteana (hoot-AH-na) (Info)
Cultivar: Spirit Appleblossom
Additional cultivar information:(PP15970; aka SpiritAppleblossom, Robspiapp)
Synonym:Cleome hassleriana
Synonym:Cleome sesquiorygalis
Synonym:Tarenaya hassleriana



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


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


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Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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

Evansville, Indiana

Kaplan, Louisiana

Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 6, 2012, helikesit from Melody Hill, IN wrote:

This plant came up on its own about 5 years ago. It grows to 5' and starts blooming around mid June to early July in Southern Indiana. The leaves resemble Marajuanna with 7 leaf clusters, but have smooth edges. I collect the seeds when the pods dry out and open. I sow them in the spring, but they seem to self sow in other places. They have roots that go to China and the stems get hard as rocks. Water or the lack of seems to make no difference in how well it does. Next year I plan to try cutting it back while it is small to see if it will bush out and become thicker. The nature of the plant makes me believe it is a wild flower or a weed, but the clusters of flowers are so unusual and pretty that I want to see what I can do with it.