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Señorita Mi Amor® Spider Flower Cleome hybrid

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Exposure
  • Sun

The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
48" 24"
Height
24 - 48"
Spread
18 - 24"
  • Details

    Features

    I'm FIT for a QUEEN.

    This heat and drought tolerant plant adds dramatic height to landscape beds; sterile flowers, and thornless, non-sticky, odorless foliage adds to the appeal for this great garden performer.

    Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer
    Long Blooming
    Heat Tolerant
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Attracts: 
    Birds
    Butterflies

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Annual
    Height Category: 
    Tall
    Garden Height: 
    24 - 48 Inches
    Spacing: 
    12 - 18 Inches
    Spread: 
    18 - 24 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Pink
    Flower Shade: 
    Baby pink
    Foliage Colors: 
    Green
    Foliage Shade: 
    Dark Green
    Habit: 
    Upright
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Sun
    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Bloom Time: 
    Planting To Frost
    Hardiness Zones: 
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Uses: 
    Container
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses Notes: 

    Use in landscape beds or large containers.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Unlike other cleome, Senorita Mi Amor will not self seed, doesn't get bare knees, she isn't sticky and the doesn't have thorns. Her flowers are smaller than classic cleome, but she flowers all over the plant not just at the top. Since she doesn't self seed you don't have to worry about cleome seedlings trying to take over your garden. She is great for adding height to garden beds and has dark green foliage. Deadheading isn't necessary.

    For gardeners in the deep south we have had reports of Senorita being attacked by a stem borer. We, with the help of the University of Florida and a great local nurseryman, finally got a pest ID and some information for those of you in impacted areas. The pest is Cabbage Budworm (Hellula phidilealis) and is a member of the moth family. Symptoms of infestation include wilting and death of the tip of each stem, the caterpillar bore into the stem as it develops and spends it's life in the stem until thatching and flying off to infect other plants. You can control the problem with DiPel which is a natural bacterium that the worm ingests and then the bacterium eats the worm. Totally harmless to pets and humans, it can be applied as a dust to your plants on a monthly basis and should persist to prevent future problems. This insect also feeds on all cabbage related crops, like Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cauliflower, Chinese broccoli, Chinese mustard, and leafy plants such as bok choy, mizuna, and Collard greens. To our knowledge this pest only occurs in South Florida (Tampa and farther south), but the control of the problem is the same for all areas of the US.

    An application of fertilizer or compost on garden beds and regular fertilization of plants in pots will help ensure the best possible performance.

    Now there’s a cleome to fit just about every size and shade of pink you need! If you love the full landscape size of Señorita Rosalita® but need a softer pink tone, you’ve got it with Señorita Mi Amor. You’ll fall in love with her soft blush pink blooms that are borne profusely from spring to frost. Like her sisters, she is also thornless, seedless, odorless and not sticky.

    Cleomes (spider flowers) have been around for a long time. But there was talk. Thorns. Sticky leaves and stems. There were even Cleomes, some whispered, that smelled like s-k-u-n-k. Unless they were deadheaded, the varieties with seed pods looked sad. For others if the temperature rose above 100 degrees there were no more flowers and the bottom leaves, they shriveled and fell off.

    Now I, Senorita Rosalita have restored Cleome's reputation. The magnificent dark leaves on my 3-5 feet tall upright branches are topped by clusters of bright, lavender pink flowers. And they bloom with abandon from late spring through fall. I scoff at heat, and renounce all thorns and sticky substances. Deadheading is no more. All I ask is that you plant me in full sun in a place where water drains freely through the soil. Grow me, and should you ever smell a certain aroma, at least you will know it is not I that am the source. Senorita Mi Amor is my twin sister!

    Señorita Mi Amor® Cleome hybrid 'INCLESRCAR' USPP 27,055, Can 5,505
  • 1 Review

    • Picked one of these up as the white version was not available in my area. Beautiful and unique plant with tree-like sturdiness and loads of darker flowers that fade to a lilac Prolific bloomer and the flowers last a good 3 or 4 days before dropping. Just water and fertilizer gets the job done. Already 12 inches in height. Recommend for sure.

      Matthew Lamb
      Maryland
      United States
      1 year ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
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