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Cleome | Rating: 2 votes | Print / Pdf

Want to find out if your Cleome is hardy or susceptible to frost? Leave it out all winter. If it dies, it was susceptible.

Cleome is the genus, or family, name for a group of around 170 different species of beautifully flowering plants that can be found with blooms of yellow, pink, violet, red and various shades in between. Most flower during the summer and/or autumn and are a way of adding a wonderfully exotic feel to any garden. Some are hardy, others are susceptible to frosts so would need protection during the colder months, or moving under cover to escape the risk of frost damage.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 1 - 1.5
Spread [m]
  • 0.5
Dominant flower colour
  • Varies
Flower Fragrance
  • Yes, let it smell
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Bushy
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z11
Heat zone
  • H12-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • 4
Heat days
  • 0 - 210
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Annuals
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Fast growing
  • Fine fragrants
  • For Beginners
  • For birds & bees
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Cottage garden
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Cut flowers
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 1 to 2 years