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Cleome houtteana 'Sparkler Blush'

Family: Cleomaceae
Genus: Cleome (klee-OH-me) (Info)
Species: houtteana (hoot-AH-na) (Info)
Cultivar: Sparkler Blush
Additional cultivar information: (Sparklerô series; aka Sparklerô Blush)

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

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11 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
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:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
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 Amber_O On Aug 29, 2009, Amber_O from Gaithersburg, MD wrote:

We have so many deer in our neighborhood, many of which congregate in the area directly behind my home. Our current herd is 20 strong. I have been trying to find plants that they won't eat.

This year I did alot of research and planted numerous "deer resistant" seeds in the back of my home. Unfortunately, the deer ate every one of them...except for the Cleome. The Cleome are growing beautifully and I can't wait to see how they spread next year.

I have had many Cleome volunteers in my front yard over the years. I always thought they were pretty. However this is the first time I have truly appreciated them and grown to love them because the deer haven't eaten them! In fact the deer left all the plants in my front yard garden alone this year due to being surrounded by Cleome. I don't know if this always happens but I'm hoping it will again next year.

Cleome also attracts the most wonderful insects. I have a garden full of bees, butterflys both large and small and I am also visited frequently by hummingbird moths. If you haven't ever seen a hummingbird moth you are missing something wonderful. They are truly amazing and in my neighborhood they are huge.

Positive lsander153 On Aug 2, 2007, lsander153 from Pittsburgh, PA wrote:

These things grow like weeds, flowering prolifically and reseeding themselves every year. We have some in the full sun, where they thrive as described above. I've tried some in a fairly shady woodland that gets periodic sun, and they are growing but not thriving, producing only a few weak flowers. Some of those in the woods were planted from 4" seedlings; initially they just collapsed and looked like they'd not survive, but with watering they have recovered and are now healthy-looking small plants.

Positive IndoorGardner On Mar 22, 2007, IndoorGardner from Falls Church, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I love this plant. It gives off a rather "interesting" scent. You will either love or not. As soon as you touch its stems the scent gets more intense. It's almost like its protecting itself.

I grow it indoors in my office. It was not suppose to grow at all. The seeds came from the dollar store as a joke. Now she is six feet tall living in a window box. I have to water her everyday or she fades with thirst.

If you grow from seed it takes some time to germinate. These took 3 months. (Could be the brand) The results were well worth the wait.

Positive Darleen On Aug 19, 2005, Darleen from 8 miles from Athens, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

I actually bought 3 seedlings 20 years ago: one white, one pink, one rose.

Since then, I have had a constant supply of both seeds and seedlings true to the original 3 colors. Rose has been the least prolific, white the most. Once the plant begins to bloom it blooms non stop as it grows taller until frost. Humingbirds love it! As the bloom progresses at the top of each stem thin "bean-like" seed pods will form behind. The plant grows up to 5' tall for me in zone 6A. Seems to prefer moist conditions and full sun for optimum bloom and color. Blooms are prettiest in the morning sun.

Easily self sows to the point of being invasive, controlable with thining. Wear gloves if you thin older plants as they develop soft yet painful thorns along the stems as they mature.

Thin or transplant babies 3-5 feet apart in the back of the border. Although cleome looks lovely at a distance, I keep mine close to watch the action of the hummingbirds and bees.


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

Bass River,
Hazel Green, Alabama
Bella Vista, Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Manteca, California
Old Lyme, Connecticut
Pawcatuck, Connecticut
Middletown, Delaware
Wellborn, Florida
Peachtree City, Georgia
Indianapolis, Indiana
Nashville, Indiana
Holden, Louisiana
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Ijamsville, Maryland
Springfield, Massachusetts
Lincoln Park, Michigan
Troy, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Edgerton, Missouri
Weeping Water, Nebraska
Keene, New Hampshire
Bridgeton, New Jersey
Califon, New Jersey
Averill Park, New York
Yonkers, New York
Louisburg, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Red Oak, North Carolina
Akron, Ohio
Athens, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
Mogadore, Ohio
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Whitehall, Pennsylvania
West Warwick, Rhode Island
Six Mile, South Carolina
Jackson, Tennessee
Colmesneil, Texas
Frisco, Texas
Greenville, Texas
Liberty Hill, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Charlottesville, Virginia
Falls Church, Virginia
Beckley, West Virginia
New Milton, West Virginia

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