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Cleome houtteana 'White Queen'

Family: Cleomaceae
Genus: Cleome (klee-OH-me) (Info)
Species: houtteana (hoot-AH-na) (Info)
Cultivar: White Queen
Additional cultivar information: (aka Helen Campbell)

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

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

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

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:

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 MaryArneson On Aug 24, 2014, MaryArneson from Minneapolis, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

Easy to grow and very showy. Butterflies like it.

Positive achoogardner On Aug 24, 2005, achoogardner from Red Oak, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is a very interesting flower with an almost minty smell that doesn't require much of your attention to grow!

Positive RikerBear On Feb 15, 2005, RikerBear from Seattle, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Wonderful large annual, that freely reseeds.

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

Beautiful solid white blooms! They grow in any type of soil and need no care at all!


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

Harrison, Arkansas
Blackshear, Georgia
Rossville, Georgia
Danville, Illinois
Carmel, Indiana
Olathe, Kansas
Metairie, Louisiana
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Red Oak, North Carolina
Dundee, Ohio
Newalla, Oklahoma
Kintnersville, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Conway, South Carolina
Columbia, Tennessee
Fort Worth, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Kalama, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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