Cleome spinosa 'Violet Queen'

Cleome spinosa 'Violet Queen' is a sumptuous purple, which looks good with almost anything, particularly good mixed up with verbenas, dahlias and sunflowers. More
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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.

Genus Cleome spinosa
Variety Violet Queen
Type Half-Hardy Annual
Common Name American Spider Flower
Border Position Back
Soil Type Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun, Shelter
Moisture Well-drained
Height 120cm (4ft)
Spacing 45cm (18in)
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.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Turned HA in my sunny front garden

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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.