Cleome, Spider Flower, Spider Legs, Grandfather's Whiskers 'Sparkler Blush'

Cleome houtteana

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



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


Not Applicable

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

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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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

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

Port Clyde, Maine

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

Bass River, Nova Scotia

Akron, Ohio

Athens, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio

Mogadore, Ohio

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Whitehall, Pennsylvania

West Warwick, Rhode Island

Chapin, South Carolina

Six Mile, South Carolina

Jackson, Tennessee

Colmesneil, Texas

Frisco, Texas

Greenville, Texas

Liberty Hill, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Tomball, Texas

Charlottesville, Virginia

Falls Church, Virginia

Beckley, West Virginia

New Milton, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 15, 2019, huppersue from Gouverneur, NY wrote:

I grew a bunch of Cleome this summer from seed and kept
them in a pot on my deck all summer. They were gorgeous
and quite forgiving. I am on an island in Maine and the deer eat almost every flower I try to grow in my lawn. So yesterday I planted a few in the ground to see how they would fare. And so this morning I discovered the deer had been through and had chomped the flower heads off
3 of them along with my last day lily bud. I guess fencing
is the only answer...or just growing them in pots.


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... read more


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.


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.


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. ... read more