Origin: South America
Improvement status: Landrace
Seeds per packet: ~20
Germination tested 11/2020: 85%
Life cycle: Annual
Also known sometimes as "Spider Flower", cleome is a strikingly beautiful statement plant, with its intricate purplish-pink and white flowers atop a bushy plant with vividly green star-shaped leaves. Native to Souh America, this is the most ornamenal species of the genus. Cousins of this plant are favored as edibles (namely Cleome serrulata in North America and Cleome gynandra in Africa), indicating that this species might have edible uses as well, it is said to be used in traditional medicine in Brazil. Annual, though typically it freely reseeds itself. Grows to five feet tall! Our seed comes from Wild Garden Seed in Oregon.