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Señorita Rosalita® Spider Flower Cleome hybrid

(72 REVIEWS)
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
Mature Size
48" 24"
Height
24 - 48"
Spread
18 - 24"
  • Details

    Features

    An OASIS has to START somewhere.

    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

    Plant Type: 
    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
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    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
  • 72 Reviews

    • This plant was new to me this year. Placed it in a large black planter along with supertina black cherry petunias and sweet caroline ravine sweet potato vine. Outstanding performance and beauty. Received many compliments. Only wish I could use it as a periennial for my planting zone. Will use it again and again.

      DEA
      South Dakota
      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.
    • Excellent bedding plant that blooms until frost in very high temps; exceeds old time Cleome in plant shape and in its lasting beauty.

      RITA
      Louisiana
      United States
      2 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • First time I've seen this plant and was attracted to the blossoms and the dark green foliage that makes for a beautiful contrast.

      jane dells
      Michigan
      United States
      3 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • 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.

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

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

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

      Daniel S.
      Idaho
      United States
      5 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • 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.

      TeresaH
      Alabama
      United States
      5 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • Marshall Dirks
      Illinois
      United States
      5 years ago
      Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    • 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.

      Diane Payne
      Connecticut
      United States
      5 years ago
      Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
  • 274 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2013 Best of Breed North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2013 Leader of the Pack - Early Season North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2013 Leader of the Pack - Summer North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2013 Top Performer Erie Basin Marina
    2013 Superior Plant Colorado State University
    2012 Top Performer Ohio State University Extension - Springfield
    2012 Top Perfomer University of Wisconsin
    2012 Top Performer Colorado State University
    2012 Very Good Boerner Botanical Garden
    2012 Top Perfomer South Dakota State - McCrory Gardens
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