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Cleome hassleriana

Cleome hassleriana Chod.

Cleome arborea hort.

Cleome hasslerana Chodat orth. var.

Cleome houtteana auct. non Schltdl.

Cleome pungens auct. non Willd.

Cleome spinosa auct. non Jacq.

Spider Flower, Spider Plant, Pink Queen

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderBrassicalesMustard, cabbage, caper, papaya, nasturtiums, many others; most produce mustard oil
FamilyCleomaceaeCaper family
GenusCleomeAn ancient name of some mustard-like plant
SpecieshasslerianaFor Émile Hassler, Swiss physician, ethnographer, naturalist and botanist well known for his collections and contributions to the description of the flora of Paraguay

About plant names...

Spider flower is native to Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and southeastern Brazil, and sometimes escapes from gardens to become naturalized in the United States. These striking flowers have been cultivated into many variants.

Plants: Plants are erect annuals, up to 5' (1.5 m) in height, with round, slightly ridged stems.

Leaves: Arranged in a spiral pattern around the stem. Leaves are palmate—shaped like fingers on a hand—with 5 or 7 leaflets. Each leaflet is narrowly oval, toothed, finely hairy, up to 4½" (12 cm) × 1½" (4 cm), on petioles (leaf stems) up to 6" (15 cm) long.

Flowers: In compact racemes at stem tips. Purple, pink, or white, strongly scented, with four petals and six long, graceful stamens. Flowers appear from June to frost.

Fruits: Capsules up to 6" (15 cm) × ⅛" (3 mm).

Online References:

Cleome hassleriana on missouriplants.com

Cleome hassleriana on Wikipedia

Cleome hassleriana on FLORIDATA

Cleome hassleriana at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Cleome hassleriana on Cal Lamke's Cal's Plant of the Week, at the University of Oklahoma's Department of Botany and Microbiology

Cleome hassleriana on Discover Life

Cleome hassleriana on the New England Wildflower Society’s GoBotany site

References:

Clemants, Steven; Gracie, Carol, Wildflowers in the Field and Forest, Oxford University Press, 2006, p. 92

Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower, Spider Plant, Pink Queen)

9/29/2016 · Henry E. Cowdrey Nature Center, Lunenberg, MA

Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower, Spider Plant, Pink Queen)

9/29/2016 · Henry E. Cowdrey Nature Center, Lunenberg, MA

Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower, Spider Plant, Pink Queen)

9/29/2016 · Henry E. Cowdrey Nature Center, Lunenberg, MA

Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower, Spider Plant, Pink Queen)

9/29/2016 · Henry E. Cowdrey Nature Center, Lunenberg, MA

Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower, Spider Plant, Pink Queen)

9/29/2016 · Henry E. Cowdrey Nature Center, Lunenberg, MA

Cleome hassleriana description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 18 Jul 2017.

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Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower, Spider Plant, Pink Queen)

9/29/2016 · Henry E. Cowdrey Nature Center, Lunenberg, MA

Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower, Spider Plant, Pink Queen)

9/26/2016 · Henry E. Cowdrey Nature Center, Lunenberg, MA

Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower, Spider Plant, Pink Queen)

9/29/2016 · Henry E. Cowdrey Nature Center, Lunenberg, MA

Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower, Spider Plant, Pink Queen)

9/29/2016 · Henry E. Cowdrey Nature Center, Lunenberg, MA

Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower, Spider Plant, Pink Queen)

9/29/2016 · Henry E. Cowdrey Nature Center, Lunenberg, MA

Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower, Spider Plant, Pink Queen)

9/29/2016 · Henry E. Cowdrey Nature Center, Lunenberg, MA

Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower, Spider Plant, Pink Queen)

9/29/2016 · Henry E. Cowdrey Nature Center, Lunenberg, MA

Range: Zones 2-11:

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