Spider flower 'Rose Queen' Cleome hassleriana 'Rose Queen'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
spider flower 'Rose Queen'


'Rose Queen' is a tall, upright, half-hardy annual with attractive, palmate leaves (which are aromatic and sticky) on spiny stems. Terminal clusters of pink and white flowers are produced in summer

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Spider Flower, Pink Queen, Grandfather's Whiskers, Spider Legs.

    • Common names

      Cleome hassleriana 'Rose Queen'.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      4-5 feet (1.2-1.5 meters)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (0.3-0.6 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      South America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attracts Pollinators: Cleome hassleriana 'Rose Queen' is known to attract bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects that are crucial for pollination.
    • Aesthetic Appeal: This plant boasts showy pink flowers that can enhance the visual appeal of gardens and landscapes.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, it is relatively drought-tolerant, requiring minimal watering.
    • Easy to Grow: It can thrive in various soil types and requires low maintenance, making it suitable for beginner gardeners.
    • Tall Growth Habit: With its height, the 'Rose Queen' can serve as a backdrop for other plants in garden beds and borders.
    • Self-seeding: The plant can self-seed and propagate, reducing the need for repurchasing and replanting.
    • Long Blooming Season: It has a long flowering period, usually from early summer to frost, providing continuous color in the garden.
    • Deer Resistance: It is not a preferred choice for deer, which can help in preventing damage to the garden by wildlife.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • As a natural insect repellent: The Spider Flower has a strong scent which can deter certain garden pests and insects from the area where it is grown.
    • In art and photography: Due to its unique and vibrant flowers, it is often used as an inspiring subject for artists and photographers.
    • Educational tool: The complex structure of the Spider Flower's blooms makes it a fascinating specimen for botanical studies and educational purposes.
    • Companion planting: Spider Flower can be planted alongside vegetables like tomatoes to help deter harmful pests through its natural aroma.
    • Floral arrangements and bouquets: Because of its tall stalks and striking blooms, the Spider Flower is used in floral designs to add height and visual interest.
    • As an ornamental hedge: When planted in a row, Spider Flower can form an informal, flowering hedge in gardens and landscapes.
    • In crafting: The dried seed pods of the Spider Flower can be used in crafting for decoration or as part of homemade potpourri mixtures.
    • As a teaching aid in pollination studies: The Spider Flower attracts bees and butterflies, serving as a living laboratory for pollination observation.
    • Garden border definition: Its striking appearance makes it a good choice for defining the edges and borders of garden beds and paths.
    • As a temporary privacy screen: When fully grown, the dense foliage and height of Spider Flower can provide a quick and natural screen for privacy.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Spider Flower is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Spider Flower is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Elusiveness: The Pink Queen comes into flower in the evening or at night, creating a sense of mystery and elusiveness, as its beauty is not always readily seen during daylight.
    • Solitude: Standing tall on its long stems, the Spider Flower can symbolize the need for personal space and comfort in solitude, as it doesn’t typically grow in dense clusters.
    • Unique beauty: With its distinct, sprawling anthers and long, protruding stamens, the Spider Flower is unlike many other flowers, signifying uniqueness and the beauty of standing out.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 1-2 years
Spring-Early Summer
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Spider flowers, including the 'Rose Queen' variety, require consistent moisture, especially during their growing season. They should be watered deeply once a week with about 1 inch of water, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. During hotter periods or times of drought, they may require more frequent watering, perhaps twice a week, to maintain soil moisture. Overhead watering is best done in the morning to allow foliage to dry out during the day, reducing the risk of fungal diseases. Always check the top inch of soil for dryness before watering again.

  • sunLight

    Spider flowers thrive best in full sun exposure, needing at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. They will perform well when planted in an area that receives unfiltered sunshine throughout the day. Although they can tolerate partial shade, too much shade can lead to leggy growth and reduced flowering in 'Rose Queen' plants. For optimum growth and bloom production, a sunny spot without any shade is ideal.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Spider flowers prefer warm temperatures and grow best in environments where daytime temperatures range between 70°F and 85°F. The 'Rose Queen' plant can tolerate a minimum temperature of around 40°F, but frost or prolonged exposure to temperatures below this can be damaging. They are heat tolerant and will continue to flower during high summer temperatures, but consistently low temperatures below the tolerance threshold can be detrimental to the plant's health.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning spider flowers is not typically necessary, but deadheading the spent blooms of 'Rose Queen' can promote bushier growth and more flowers. Pinching back the stems early in the season can also help in creating a more compact plant. The best time for pruning is after the initial flowering when you can cut back the plant by one-third to encourage a second flush of blooms. Regular removal of dead or faded flowers will keep the plant looking attractive throughout its blooming season.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Spider Flower thrives best in a well-draining soil mix with plenty of organic matter, ideally with a pH between 6.0 and 7.5 to promote healthy growth and flowering.

  • plantRepotting

    Spider Flower does not typically require frequent repotting; it should be repotted every 2-3 years or when it outgrows its current container.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Spider Flower does well in average humidity conditions and does not require any special humidity adjustments for optimal growth.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light and ensure good air circulation for indoor Spider Flowers.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun to light shade and protect from strong winds for outdoor Spider Flowers.

    • Hardiness zone

      2-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Cleome hassleriana 'Rose Queen', commonly known as Spider Flower, begins its life cycle as a seed that germinates in spring when soil temperatures warm up. The seedling emerges and establishes itself with a rosette of leaves at ground level before sending up a central stem. During its vegetative growth stage, the plant develops a strong stem and a branching habit, with leaves that have a palmate shape. As it enters the flowering stage in early to midsummer, Spider Flower produces large, showy flowers with long, protruding stamens that give the blooms a spider-like appearance; these can be pink, rose, purple, or white depending on the variety. The plant continues to flower for several weeks, attracting pollinators, and after pollination, it develops seed pods that ripen towards the end of the growing season. Once mature, the seeds are dispersed, the annual plant dies off with the first frosts, and the cycle is ready to start again with the new seeds next spring.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Spider flower, commonly known as Cleome hassleriana 'Rose Queen', is often propagated through seeds. The ideal time for sowing Cleome seeds is in spring after the danger of frost has passed, ensuring a warm soil temperature that facilitates germination. To propagate, seeds should be scattered over prepared soil where they are to bloom since they do not transplant well. Gently press the seeds into the soil without covering them as they need light to germinate. Keep the soil evenly moist until germination, which usually takes about 10 to 14 days. Once seedlings are sufficiently grown, thin them to stand about 15 to 18 inches (approximately 38 to 46 centimeters) apart to allow for ample growing space.