Cleome spinosa is a long-lasting annual that brings a lot of color to the borders. It is also known as American Spider Flower, Spider Weed, Spider Plant, or Bee Plant. It is part of the Brassicaceae family of plants after originally being part of the Capparaceae family. DNA studies showed the new genus to be a better descriptor.
Cleome is native to South America. I guess one of the reasons it has become known as the Spider plant is the very long stamens. Cleome spinosa is easy to care for. The foliage is fern-like and very delicate. The flower colors range from white, pink to lavender. Cleome spinosa flowers in the summer.
How to grow Cleome spinosa:
Cleome spinosa grows from 1.5 to 5ft or 45cm to 1.5m. Grow them in full sun or partial shade. Plant them in acidic to neutral well-drained soil. Once established they are drought tolerant. The flowers attract butterflies and bees.
Cleome spinosa can self-seed. And it can be easily propagated from seeds. Germination of Cleome spinosa requires temperature changes it is best to expose them to the cold and then sow them, don’t sow them deep keep it close to the surface, and then provide heat to help the germinate. You can make them bushier if you pinch the tips.