Mauve Queen Cleome

Cleome hassleriana

A stunning, spindly floral garden delight.

A pretty, shrubby plant with shiny leaves and pretty explosions of purply blooms that travel upwards as the stems grow, Mauve Queen Cleome lends to any garden a stately and tropical presence. It is attractive to pollinators, drawing in nearly all flying friends, and as the season progresses its form becomes more structural in appearance, each maturing seed pod giving the impression of rungs on a verdant ladder. Works as a cut flower, but its aroma can be too skunky for some tastes, so it is most often appreciated as a garden and landscaping plant. Sometimes self sows, though not reliably, so it's best to start seed every year.

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Direct sow or start early. Thrives in most garden soils; no special fertility is required, but it likes consistent water. Provide plenty of space; this is a vigorous, tall-growing plant.

Days to Germination 7 to 14
Days to Maturity 80-100
Planting Depth ⅛ inch
Spacing in Row 12-18"
Spacing Between Rows 18-36"
Height at Maturity 48 inches
Width at Maturity 12"
Sun Preference Full to Partial Sun

Artwork by Diane Adzema. She layered oil, wax, and glazes to illuminate the beauty and magic of this intricate bloom. Her art glows from within as if it has a light of its own.

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