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Spider flower

Cleome spp.

Also known as

Spider plant

Cleome speciosa6 by [1] (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Spider flower Overview

Cleome contains over 200 herbaceous annual and perennial shrubs and plant species naturally distributed across tropical and warm temperate locations around the world. Commonly known as spider flowers, the 4-petalled flowers are normally purple, pink, yellow or white and have 6 long stamens. Cultivation has resulted in a range of cultivar species, mostly for ornamental garden use, but one species is used as a vegetable crop.

Common problems with Spider flower

How to propagate Spider flower


Seed sown outdoor in late spring.

Other uses of Spider flower

Grown for their unusual spidery flowers.

Flowers to Sow or Plant Under Cover in March

Sow these seeds and pot up these tubers to get an early start on the year.

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Deer Resistant Plants

Although never fully deer proof - they are less likely to eat these.

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