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I first saw this flower in eastern France some years ago. I collected seeds (in small thin pods) last Summer in Chambery and have grown about 10 plants. Silly really as I now have to look after them indoors (no greenhouse.)  they come in various colours.  




  • Sorry, posted too soon. My neighbour has an unseated shed/greenhouse with shelf and large sloping window. Would these be ok in there if hardened off during the day in the garden? I live on the south coast so usually quite temperate. This is not allowing me to backspace. For unseated read unheated!

  • Has photo appeared? It's there ok on my screen.


  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 17,013

    Not on mine Lyn.did you click on the little tree icon on your toolbar at the top of the posting box?

    I dont think you can post a piccy from an iphone.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • It's not an iPhone it's an iPad. Will try again!



  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    I think that's a cleome. I've never grown them but I've seen them aroundimage

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 17,013

    I always grow Cleome as annuals, sow seeds in March/April time, harden off plant out end of May, not very hardy so make sure al signs of frosts over.

    If I were you Lyn, I would cut the losses and sow them in the Spring.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Yes cleome - they can be quite spectacular but definitely an annual - I seem to remember they were a bit prickly too.

    Good luck.

  • Definately cleome (aka spider flower eww!)  went to France this September, (to see monets garden and chateau villandry-never been before absolutely amazing btw!) they are everywhere over there, in all the town gardens, really long lasting flowers. 

  • TooeyTooey Posts: 94

    Yes it's definitely a cleome. I grew some purple ones from seed this year and they are stunning plants but as gardenning granny says they are rather prickly

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