Is Cleome Spinosa an annual?
Spider flower, Cleome hassleriana (sometimes referred to incorrectly as C. hasslerana or by the synonym C. spinosa) is a common annual flower from South America (Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina and southern Brazil) that also goes by other common names including spider legs and grandfather’s whiskers.
Do cleome plants come back every year?
Even though cleome is considered an annual, it will re-seed every year. As the plant grows the flower moves up the stalk, leaving behind long and slender seed pods giving it the common name, spider flower. Collect the seed pods before they burst open to help control where cleome plants will appear the following year.
Should I cut back my cleome?
Cleomes need very light pruning. Snip off dead leaves or damaged areas during the growing season. If the plants are spindly right before planting, trim them back by half to encourage new growth once they are in the ground.