Cleome, Spider Mixture (Cleome hassleriana) – Also known as Spider Flower or Grandfather’s Whiskers plant, Cleome flower seeds produce airy blooms and a bushy, full plant. This dwarf hybrid Cleome Hassleriana Spider Flower gives you armloads of blooms over a very long season on plants that don’t exceed 4 feet tall. This Cleome plant also attracts butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden which every gardener enjoys.
Cleome offers big, 4 – 6 inch spidery blooms. The blooms are also great for cutting, and they provide long-lasting color to bring indoors. The dark green foliage is narrow and stylish, too, making an attractive back drop for the big, fluffy blooms.
Cleome hassleriana begins flowering in early summer when hot weather begins and doesn’t quit until the temperature drops in fall. A sun-lover, it is at home in the baking-hot border, bed, or patio, and once established is quite tolerant of dry conditions. It rapidly reaches 36 – 60 inches tall and about 1 1/2 feet wide, with a bushy fullness that adds weight to its presence as an accent, low hedge, poolside planting, or mid-border standout.
Sow Spider Flower seeds indoors in late winter for transplanting outdoors after danger of frost. Or sow the flower seeds directly in the garden after danger of frost has passed and the soil temperature has warmed. Do not cover the flower seeds but firmly press them into the soil. Keep the Cleome seeds moist until germination occurs and then water regularly to provide a great start for this prolific bloomer. Spider Flower plants are known to re-seed, dropping their flower seeds for next year’s display.