Spiny spider flower profile

Written by Maggie

Jan 07 2021

Spiny spider flower profile

Spiny Spider Flower, also called Cleome hassleriana, has long and strong pedicels, racemes form a luxuriant flower ball, beautiful and unique flower shape, petals reunion like a fan, stamens protrude like claws, like butterflies flying, delicate and charming, first pink white, then pink, a multi-color flower, with nectaries, often make flying butterflies happy, hence the name. Spiny Spider Flower long stamen portrays out of the corolla, and looks like a spider or a dragon beard, which is quite interesting. When a Spiny spider flower opens, the petals slowly open and the long claws bend and pop out of the flower, like a fast clip in a movie. The ground can be planted in the courtyard wall, under the tree. Potatoes can be displayed in front of the window desk, and we should control plant form, not make them grow too high.

Spiny Spider Flower info

Botanical Name Cleome
Common Name Cleomes, spider flower, Rocky Mountain bee plant, stinking clover
Plant Type Annual
Mature Size 1.5 to 5 feet tall and 1 to 2 feet wide
Sun Full sun, part sun
Flower Color White, pink, lavender, rose
Hardiness Zones 10, 11
Native Area South America

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Spiny Spider Flower

Spiny Spider Flower origin

Spiny spider flower (Cleome hassleriana) is native to the tropical region of South America, and is now widely cultivated all over the world.

Morphological characteristics of Spiny Spider Flower

Spiny Spider Flower  (Cleome hassleriana) is a kind of herb, annual, 60-100cm tall, covered with sticky glandular hairs, branches and leaves odorous. Palmate compound leaves are alternate, 5-7 leaflets, long elliptic lanceolate, petiole, two stipules evolved into hook spines. Racemes are terminal, flowering and elongating, many flowers, 4 petals, lavender, with long claws, 6 stamens, filaments about 7cm long, more than twice the petals, bluish purple, clearly protruding outside the flower; The pistil is longer. The flowering period is from July to October. The capsule is fine cylindrical, containing most seeds.

Spiny Spider Flower growing habits

Spiny Spider Flowers like light, warm and dry environments, can tolerate shade, not cold, requires loose and fertile soil.

Spiny Spider Flower propagation method

In the middle of April, the seeds will be planted in the open bed, the seedlings come out neatly. Seedlings grow slowly and need to be thinned in time after sowing.

Transplant with 2-3 true leaves, planting or potted in June, fertilization every half a month during the growth period, such as too many fertilization plants easy to grow empty, affect plant state and flowering, general spring sowing autumn flowering, autumn sowing winter, see in the indoor flower. Seeds are easy to scatter, and we need to pick seeds in time.

Spiny Spider Flower

Spiny Spider Flower diseases and insect pests control

Spiny Spider Flower (Cleome hassleriana)often suffers leaf spot and rust damage. With leaf spot, spray 50% toerjin wettable powder 500 times liquid. With rust, we can use 50% wilting rust ling wettable powder 3000 times liquid spray wine to control.

Spiny Spider Flower main value

Spiny Spiderflower (Cleome hassleriana) is suitable for arranging ballast autumn flower beds, tree altar, etc., or for close source plant cultivation, and can also be potted ornamental. Spiny spider flower -- colorful, rather beautiful, suitable for flower beds, flower borders, or on the side of the road, forest edge planted in patches. spiny spider flower is suitable for the layout of the courtyard in front of the window, and also cut flowers for viewing.

Spiny Spiderflower are very good anti-fouling flowers, and its sulfur dioxide, chlorine resistance is very strong, not only can beautify the environment, but also an excellent nectar source plant. You can extract high quality essential oil.

Flower language of Spiny Spider Flower

The flower language and symbolic meaning of Spiny Spider Flower: mystery.

Spiny Spider Flower

How to grow and care for Spiny spider flower 


Spiny Spider Flower develop first-rate in full sun, as shady stipulations can make them develop so tall as to topple over. If you begin with transplants, you will see blossoms from early summer season till the first frost. Gardeners developing cleome plants from seed generally see their first plant life in mid to late June, relying on the climate.


Spiny Spiderflowers do fine in common backyard soil or wealthy well-drained backyard loam.


Once established, Spiny Spider Flowers are drought-tolerant, making them a welcome addition to the xeriscape garden. Add a 3-inch layer of natural mulch to their planting bed, and you will limit their water wishes even further.

Temperature and Humidity

For profitable germination, Spiny Spider Flowers want higher-than-normal temperatures. Fluctuating day/night temperatures are quintessential for most advantageous germination. During the day, temperatures must vary from eighty to eighty five ranges Fahrenheit; nightly temperatures must continue to be between sixty eight and 70 F. The humidity need to be from ninety to a hundred percent. As the plant grows, the temperatures can be lower, from seventy five to eighty F at some stage in the day and 60 to sixty five F at night. Cleomes are no longer frost-tolerant.


If the usage of exact well-drained soil and mulch, no fertilizer is necessary.