Large, graceful, flower heads with petals in a progression of shades from dark pink to almost white!
Large, graceful, flower heads with petals in a progression of shades from dark pink to almost white that defy description - a real eye-catcher! Before it blooms, the palmate leaves add both startling and attractive texture to the garden. Flowering tends to start when the plant is between 30-60 cm (1-2') in height. Overall, cleome grows from 90-120 cm (3-4') in height and up to 60 cm (2') wide. Pink Queen will self sow & establish persistent stands in Zones 7 and above. Cleome prefers full sun and is an excellent choice for sites that tend to be quite dry. They make a beautiful cut flower and are very attractive to hummingbirds and other pollinators in the garden.
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How To Grow
500 seeds/gram. Heirloom Flower. Seed can be directly sown in the garden in mid to late May. Sow seed 3 mm (1/8") deep then thin seedlings to 40 cm (16") apart later in the season. For an earlier start, sow seed indoors in a soil-less mix between mid-March and mid- April, plant seed no more than 3 mm (1/8") deep, moisten the growing medium, then chill at 4-7 C (40- 45 F) for 5-10 days. After chilling keep at a temperature of 21 C (70 F) for the 8-14 day germination period. Even after all this, germination can be erratic. Grow on indoors under lights at a slightly cooler temperature then harden off and transplant outside after the danger of frost has passed. Space plants 40 cm (16") apart in the garden.
Blooming Season Begins
Tender Perennial Grown as an Annual
Days to Emergence
8 to 14 erratic
Medium Tall %2890 to 120 cm%29%2836 to 48%22%29
Degree of Difficulty
Massing in a sunny garden.
Back of the border.
Stunning contrast plant.
Attractive to pollinators and hummingbirds.
Suitable for drought prone soils.