Spider Flower Facts
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Spider flowers are large, sturdy plants that grow from 3 to 6 feet tall. The palmate leaves have five to seven leaflets, and the stems have spines. Some newer varieties do not have spines.
Spider flowers have claw-shaped petals and long stamens that resemble a spider. The fragrant flowers bloom in shades of purple, pink and white. The blooms begin at the lower end of the stem and continue opening to the top of the stem.
Linde Armstrong is 18 to 24 inches tall with pink flowers. Helen Campbell has pink flowers on 2- to 3-foot plants. The sparkler series grows to 3 feet, the color fountain series reaches 4 feet, and the Queen series grows to 5 feet. Spider flowers may be called Cleome spinosa in some older references.
Pests and Diseases
Aphids, spider mites and white flies may damage the leaves and blooms of spider flowers. The plants are susceptible to downy or powdery mildew, fungal spots and rust.
About this Author
Melody Lee began working as a reporter and copywriter for the "Jasper News" in 2004 and was promoted to editor in 2005. She also edits magazine articles and books. Lee holds a degree in landscape design, is a Florida Master Gardener, and has more than 25 years of gardening experience.