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Señorita Rosalita® Spider Flower Cleome hybrid

  • Hardy Zones
    • 10 - 11
  • Exposure
    • Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 24 - 48 Inches
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Señorita Rosalita® Spider Flower Cleome hybrid

Sun 24 - 48

Features

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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.

Award Winner
Heat Tolerant
Deadheading Not Necessary
Attracts: 
Birds
Butterflies

Characteristics

Duration: 
Annual
Height Category: 
Tall
Garden Height: 
24 - 48 Inches
Spacing: 
12 - 18 Inches
Spread: 
18 - 24 Inches
Flower Colors: 
Pink
Flower Shade: 
Pink
Foliage Colors: 
Green
Foliage Shade: 
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
Uses: 
Container
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses Notes: 

Use in landscape beds for height or in large planters

Maintenance Notes: 

Unlike other cleome Senorita Rosalita 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 had dark green foliage. Deadheading isn't necessary.

For gardeners in the Deep South we have had reports of Seorita Rosalita 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 bored into the stem as it develops and spends it's like 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.

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.

Señorita Rosalita® Cleome hybrid 'Inncleosr' USPP 19,733, Can 3,290

  • This is another fool proof annual that I cannot be without every summer. Although I have to search for them in early Summer as the garden centers in my area don't seem to stock a big quantity of them when I do find them I buy at least 6 of them and plant them in 3's in my flower bed. By early August they are a big beautiful. Always healthy looking and I get a lot of comments about them from my neighbors and passersby. Also the neighborhood Hummingbirds love them too.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Cheryl Dexter
    Liverpool
    New York
    United States
    1 week ago
  • Beautiful flowers. I grow them in full sun and they do very well. Hummingbirds love them.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Tammy Fields
    leitchfield
    Kentucky
    United States
    1 year ago
  • Beautiful flowers. I grow them in full sun and they do very well. Hummingbirds love them.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Tammy Fields
    leitchfield
    Kentucky
    United States
    1 year ago
  • This is a very easy plant to grow. And it looks great with all the pink flowers floating over the plant.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Daniel S.
    Boise
    Idaho
    United States
    1 year ago
  • I picked up three Senorita Rosalitas in 4" pots at a local plant sale, and added them for color in a new bed. They were one of my best choices ever! They were blooming a bit when I put them in the ground in April, they were blooming at the first freeze in November, and were covered in color every moment in between. No pests that I could see, and they did not reseed. In my Alabama garden the three became a mass about 36" high and just as big around. I will be ordering more this year.

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    TeresaH
    BIRMINGHAM
    Alabama
    United States
    1 year ago
  • Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Marshall Dirks
    Dekalb
    Illinois
    United States
    1 year ago
  • These are absolutely wonderful! All they claim to be. I put in 6, 3 of a purple pink color and 3 of a light lavender color. I planted them in a front circle garden around the middle of July and with extra water the first couple of weeks and Miracle-Gro to start and then again about a month later, they are now about 2 /12 ft tall and wide and blooming profusely. I've done absolutely nothing other that what I just stated. I will be buying them again for next summer.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Diane Payne
    Meriden
    Connecticut
    United States
    1 year ago
  • I have no idea where this plant came from if it doesn't reseed, but it appeared in an area that is so hot and dry, nothing else will grow. I love it. Where can I buy some more for next year?

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Judy Pylar
    Great Falls
    Montana
    United States
    1 year ago
  • This annual self-seeds in my garden to pop up every year in several spots. It is simple to transplant when it first leafs out, or I can stake it up to make it a more upright plant. Grows to 5 feet tall and blooms prolifically. It's a beautiful, dense plant with the illusion of airiness. Hummingbirds adore it, and so do I.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Rebecca C Herberg
    Montrose
    Colorado
    United States
    2 years ago
  • Bought 2 of these plants in terrible condition on clearance at Lowe's. I tried containers first, but saw no improvement. I finally put them in the ground and they perked up within days. It seemed like they began thriving overnight. Full of bright purple whiskery flowers all over the whole bush. First they got tall from about 18" to 36". Then they began to fill out from about 10" wide to well over 24" wide. We just transplanted them to a new location because they were overpowering/overshadowing other plants in the garden. They shriveled up before we even put them back in the ground. After several days we feared the worst, but this plant is hardy! Lots of green growth overnight. People ask what it is all the time.

    Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Lisa Sanders
    Helotes
    Texas
    United States
    2 years ago
Award Year Award Plant Trial
2012 Top Performer Longwood Gardens
2012 Top Performer Ohio State University Extension - Springfield
2012 Very Good Boerner Botanical Garden
2012 Plant of Distinction University of Georgia
2012 Top 20 Mississippi State University
2012 Top Performer University of Georgia
2012 Top Performer The Oregon Garden
2012 Top Performer University of Tennessee
2012 Top Perfomer South Dakota State - McCrory Gardens
2012 Top Performer Colorado State University
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