white queen seeds

White queen seeds

Days in parentheses after a variety indicate days to first bloom.

All flowers are open-pollinated except where noted.

For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.

Flowers

Annual. The Spider Flower sets large open flower clusters with very long stamens atop 4′ stalks. Blooms throughout the summer and likes the hot and dry conditions of midsummer. Very attractive to bees. For better germination, prechill seeds in refrigerator. Do not cover seed. Likes alternating day (80°) and night (70°) temperatures to germinate. Will self-sow. ~450 seeds/g.

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Germination Testing

Cleome provide long lasting, big beautiful swathes of colour that makes a dramatic statement in any garden. The ‘Queen’ series produce flower heads that measure 15 to 20cm (6 to 8in) in diameter and the plants grow 120 to 150cm (4 to 5ft) tall. ‘White Queen’ provide pure white flowers that are eye-catching and strongly-scented.
The spidery flowers and palm-like leaves of this beautiful plant will add a tropical look to the late summer garden. Great for adding vertical interest to a perennial border, or use as accent plants in large tubs for an exotic feel. The large, open, airy flowers have a strong scent bloom throughout the summer until frosts.

Sowing: Sow indoors in April or sow outdoors May to June.
Cleomes like good light levels and germinate most quickly if sown quite late. Start them in April, or even early May. If planted too early or if temperatures are too cold the seeds will not germinate and many will rot before they sprout. Sow indoors 4 to 6 weeks before last frost, or sow directly where they are to flower after all danger of frost has passed.

Cleome, commonly called Spider Flowers are very easy to grow, generally free of pests and considered drought tolerant. Despite that fact, however, they grow their best in moist but well drained soil and full sunlight. The long flowering period extends throughout summer and well into autumn. The spidery flowers make attractive cut flowers and the seed heads can be dried and added to bouquets.
Frost and cold winds are lethal to this elegant South American annual. If you wish to start them early in the year, do so under glass and only plant out after the danger of frosts has passed – obey these simple rules, and the rest is easy, despite its exotic appearance.