Ella's Garden Plants from A to Z: Cleome hirta, Cleome

Common Name: Cleome

Family: Cleomaceae

Genus: Cleome

Species: hirta

Characteristics of Plant
South African native is slightly more refined than more commonly grown species and has striking "eyes". Usually grown as an annual but can be a short lived perennial zone 9 and higher.

Life Cycle

When to Sow Seed
Mid Spring
Late Spring
Early Summer
Mid Fall

Sun Exposure
Full Sun
Part Sun/ Part Shade

Plant Height
1- 2 feet


Bloom Form
Above Foliage

Flower Color
Bright Yellow
Lt. Purple

Reproduces By

(Image by poisondartfrog)
"Cleome hirta has distinctive "eyes""
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