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Cleome houtteana 'Pink Queen'

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

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

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

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:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive opera_fiore On Jul 14, 2008, opera_fiore from Fayetteville, AR wrote:

Here in NW Arkansas Cleome is an heirloom staple of the garden. They DO smell like skunk, they ARE invasive, but completely carefree and robust. Some grow to 6 feet.

If you don't like the smell, don't touch them, and if you don't want a million of them plant them only in heavily mulched beds. For me, you can never have too many: I seeded 2000 "Helen Campbell" and 1000 "Pink Queen" this year, if that tells you my feeling on cleome. . .

Positive iamgabby On Oct 10, 2007, iamgabby from New Waterford, OH wrote:

This spider plant is the most beautiful plant that I have enjoyed very much this pas summer. I am looking for the small version of seeding to grow inside. Thank you for follwing through with any other information.

Positive kc8lcw On Mar 4, 2005, kc8lcw from Columbus, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Wonderful plant! Especially if you need a filler in a poor soil area in your garden. I was given 1 of these plants, and I put back near my pond in a little corner where not even a fern would grow. I left it there over the winter, now the whole corner is full of cleome's! This plant self-sows wonderfully, but you need to be careful, it can become invasive if you don't catch them seed pods before they pop! Oh, and can I say, "What a hummingbird magnet!"

Positive OhioBreezy On Jun 2, 2004, OhioBreezy from Dundee, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Beautiful blooms! Grows in any type soil and requires no care at all.


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

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Mansfield, Arkansas
Greenville, Indiana
Kasota, Minnesota
Mathiston, Mississippi
Columbus, Ohio
Dundee, Ohio
New Waterford, Ohio
Greeneville, Tennessee
Norfolk, Virginia
Kalama, Washington

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