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Cleome houtteana 'Violet Queen'

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

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

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


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral ladyannne On May 4, 2005, ladyannne from Merced, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

One plant produced hundreds of plants the next year when allowed to seed. It's beautiful, but gangly, good hummer, butterfly and bee food. I almost miss it this year. Almost.

Positive Crimson On Feb 2, 2003, Crimson from Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

Soft fushia-purple, often starting out dark and aging to light. Has purple pods.


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

Centre, Alabama
Merced, California
Chicago, Illinois
Peoria, Illinois
Derby, Kansas
Olathe, Kansas
Wichita, Kansas
Cumberland, Maryland
Hudson, Massachusetts
Mathiston, Mississippi
Perrineville, New Jersey
Averill Park, New York
Warren, Ohio
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Sayre, Pennsylvania
Austin, Texas
Liberty Hill, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
New Richmond, Wisconsin

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