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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.

10 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
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania
Austin, Texas
Sandyville, West Virginia

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