Cleome, Spider Flower, Spider Legs, Grandfather's Whiskers 'Senorita Rosalita'


Family: Cleomaceae
Genus: Cleome (klee-OH-me) (Info)
Cultivar: Senorita Rosalita
Additional cultivar information:(PP19733, aka Senorita Rosalita, Inncleosr)
Hybridized by Hofmann
Registered or introduced: 2008



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Blooms repeatedly




This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

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


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

Kissimmee, Florida

Chicago, Illinois

New Orleans, Louisiana

Bellevue, Michigan

Binghamton, New York

Southold, New York

Richfield, Ohio

Austin, Texas

Garland, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 16, 2013, pamelaamunroe from Richfield, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

I bought two of these this year and later found out they are annuals. They have been wonderful and have bloomed consistently from May to August (so far) without a break.
My conditions are sun and dry. Will buy many more. No dead-heading! Just wish they would come back!


On May 1, 2011, John_in_Garland from Garland, TX wrote:

I love Senorita Rosalita in Dallas TX area. Grows about 3 ft tall in mostly sun, blooms all summer, and doesn't get leggy or set seed. Plants can be hard to find. Last two years I found 8 in. patio pots containing three units and just divided them.


On Jul 4, 2009, ericabelle from West Plains, MO (Zone 6b) wrote:

Amazing annual for this area - reseeds prolifically every year. This year just a few plants have formed a "bush" that is branching 3 feet across! A beautiful "airy" bloom that is a compliment to many other flowers in the garden. I'll have to remember to not plant it so close to my perennials next year because it can completely cover them up if it hits pay dirt.


On May 5, 2008, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have just planted this plant so I can not rate it yet. Spider flower, spider legs, grandfather's whiskers, cleome 'Senorita Rosalita' (Cleome) is classified as an annual. But in frost free areas (Zones 10/11), it can be grown all year; however, it performs best in the spring, through the summer and into the fall. It produces 1 inch long, tight, compact, pink/purple florets on the tops and sides of the plant instead of producing balls of flowers at the top of long stalks. It appears bushier than the cleome that I have planted before. It is supposed to be heat and drought tolerant (once established) providing blooms all summer without resting for a while when it becomes really hot and then perking up in cooler weather. Other notable characteristics are that doesn't set seed so no dead-he... read more