Zone 9b, full sun, 100+ temperatures are normal here. This cleome has little thrones on the stem and the leaves are sticky. The foliage is good looking, it blooms little airy flowers nonstop. I planted it in the ground. It was 3 feet tall and then fell forward to make a wall of airy blooms and block the view of other glorious plants. I like the plant very much but will know where to plant it in the future. Someone reviewed it with bubblegum petunias and I think that combination would be a winner.
Señorita Rosalita® Spider Flower Cleome hybrid
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).
FeaturesAn OASIS has to START somewhere.
This heat 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 WinnerHeat TolerantDeadheading Not NecessaryAttracts:BirdsButterfliesResists:Deer
CharacteristicsPlant Type:AnnualHeight Category:TallGarden Height:24 - 48 InchesSpacing:12 - 18 InchesSpread:18 - 24 InchesFlower Colors:PinkFlower Shade:PinkFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:GreenHabit:UprightContainer Role:Thriller
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:EasyBloom Time:Planting To FrostHardiness Zones:10a, 10b, 11a, 11bWater Category:AverageSoil Fertility Requirement:Average SoilUses:ContainerUses:LandscapeUses Notes:
Use in landscape beds for height or in large plantersMaintenance 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
571413322412Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
Peggie Who, California, United States, 3 weeks ago
My all time favorite annual! It just goes and goes all summer! I’ve even had one break in half during a bad storm and two weeks later it had grown back! I couldn’t find any in my area this year and I searched for it at 6 different garden centers. I’m hoping it was just the pandemic and in 2022 it will be back in my local garden center! Please don’t stop selling this flower!Ann, Indiana, United States, 7 weeks ago
I have grown this plant for the last two summers. It grew to well over five feet tall and four feet wide both years, and was covered in blooms. This lady is a winner,Mary, Virginia, United States, 31 weeks ago
I live in Connecticut. This is the first year I planted this flower. I planted it in a self watering planter with Supertunia Vista Bubble gum. This plant was amazing from the moment I planted it in spring and still looks amazing. The most wonderful thing was when I measured it, the width was about 42”. Everyone comes to our home is amazed by this plant. I also use the Proven Winners Water Soluble once a week. I plan to plant it in the landscape next year because I love it so much!Keisha A, Connecticut, United States, 51 weeks ago
This is one of the most beautiful plants I have ever grown. I usually plant 5 of them and they fill in an area 3 ' x 12'. They are stunning and so easy to grow. I plant them in full sun and they thrive. If I could only pick one flower to plant, this would be it.Patti Maloney, Michigan, United States, 1 year ago
Beautiful plant. Bloomed for 2 years straight for me in Florida. Had a nice round shape.Sheila, Florida, United States, 1 year ago
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, 3 years ago
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, 4 years ago
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, 5 years ago
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, 5 years ago
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