If you haven’t already, sow spider flower, Cleome spinosa, for an autumn showing. This long-blooming annual is grown as much for its beauty as its novelty, with its long stamens resembling spiders’ legs. It’s a tall, shrubby plant to 1.5m high, so position at the back of the border and deadhead regularly for repeat blooms. The flowers are pink or white and are easily grown by seed – or, if you can find them, seedlings from your garden centre.
This is a great plant to grow as a catch crop, or bug lure, because the flowers attract the dastardly green vegetable bug. Errk! you might say, but better on your cleome than your veggies!
Plant Now: Spider Flowers
January 16, 2011 by 2 Comments