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Cleome houtteana 'Cherry Queen'

Family: Cleomaceae
Genus: Cleome (klee-OH-me) (Info)
Species: houtteana (hoot-AH-na) (Info)
Cultivar: Cherry Queen

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

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

9 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

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:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
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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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Debbie2007 On Jul 5, 2008, Debbie2007 from Port Vincent, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I purchased 2 of these plants at a Master Gardener sale. They had Proven Winners plant tags in them. I brought them home and planted them in the above bed and they totally dried up. I don't know why, because I was watering them very well. It may have been because I planted them in the heat of the day. Again, I am not sure. I kept hoping for regrowth, but it just looked dead. As you can see in the picture marked drapelady, I cut all of the branches off. The only thing left was the stem. Within in days it began to sprout new life. I am so glad this is such a tough plant. There is alot of new growth on it and some blooms as well.

Neutral nipajo On Jul 21, 2003, nipajo from Dallas, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not put it in the ground yet, but it says it is an annual. What I have is a woody stem, which doesn't seem like an annual. Mine has leaves that are darker in color than images I've seen; the bloom is lavender or purple.


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

Colbert, Georgia
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Owensboro, Kentucky
Denham Springs, Louisiana
Spencer, Massachusetts
Syracuse, New York
Lancaster, Ohio
Newalla, Oklahoma
Albany, Oregon
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Austin, Texas

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