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Cleome spinosa 'Violet Queen' is a sumptuous purple, which looks good with almost anything, particularly good mixed up with verbenas, dahlias and sunflowers.
Cleomes are an elegant and ethereal, very long-lasting and statuesque annual. This is a must for the summer and autumn garden, going on flowering longer than all the other half-hardies and totally invaluable for that.
We've discovered that this germinates best with lots of temperature fluctuations from hot to cold, cold to hot, so sow early. The only downside to cleomes are their thorns, but they're easy to remove.
|Common Name||American Spider Flower|
|Site||Full Sun, Shelter|
|Sowing, Seeds, Planting||Sow under cover in January-March. Can be tricky to germinate. Needs plenty of time. Plant out after last frosts.|
|Care Tips||Pinch out tips at 15-20cm. May need staking.|
|Flowering||June - September, 20 weeks from sowing|
|Vase Life||7-10 days. Sear the stem ends in boiling water for 20 seconds. Beware of thorns.|
|Harvesting||Flower production: 4 months.|
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Cleome spinosa 'Violet Queen' reviews
Turned HA in my sunny front garden
Reviewed 2nd September 2015 by S L
I grew this particular cleome as per HHA instructions last year and was quite surprised to find it self-seeded and came back in abundance this year. Just like any autumn sown HHA it is a lot stronger and with a larger flower. My front garden is south facing and protected by a warm wall with well drain soil that gets watered only when it rains.