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Cleome houtteana 'Linde Armstrong'

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

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


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 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:
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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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Malus2006 On Aug 11, 2010, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

It makes a nice impact in a rectangular container mixed with other annuals - it only have brief pauses between blooming and is really tough against heat and droughts. But they are also hard to find those days in the market.

Positive rcn48 On Feb 12, 2006, rcn48 from Lexington, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Incredible compact form for Cleome! This plant was discovered by two gardeners from North Carolina and introduced by Allen Armitage through his "Athens Select" program. Unlike other Cleome, this one is a compact grower, under 3', and blooms in our area from July through frost! Another attribute, it will not reseed in your gardens like other Cleomes as this plant is sterile (does not produce seed).

Positive BUFFY690 On Jun 10, 2005, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

At the nursery where I work we have used these in a variety of containers, and they are a great filling tall element, not as smelly as the other cleome and the foilage is an interesting color also. Butterflies and bees love it, I have added one in my border, it is a great compact plant


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

Wichita, Kansas
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jackson, Mississippi
Prineville, Oregon
Snook, Texas
Hardyville, Virginia
Lexington, Virginia

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