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Look for Senorita Blanca Cleome

Updated on July 4, 2016
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I inherited my love of gardening from mother and grandmother. I am a garden blogger, freelance writer, and Master Gardener emeritus.

Carefree annuals

Hummers and butterflies love this white flower with a lavender blush.
Hummers and butterflies love this white flower with a lavender blush. | Source

Nonstop blooms

No pruning or deadheading needed.
No pruning or deadheading needed. | Source

A new Cleome or spider flower

It's hard to decide whether I should tell you this a good old faithful flower or a hot, new introduction. Both are true. Cleome have been around for years. You might have seen it in your Grandmother's garden.

Called Cleome, or Spider Flower, the reason this variety has been around so long is that gardeners can count on it. It's drought tolerant and tends to be pest and disease resistant.
You will love the new Proven Winners variety, Señorita Blanca™ Cleome. I haven't always been a fan of white flowers in the garden. But, Señorita Blanca™ changed my mind about white flowers. Or, maybe it was the subtle blush of lavender that won my heart.

Señorita Blanca™ has great heat and humidity tolerance. It's nonstop flowering last all spring, summer, right up to the first frost. This improved variety doesn't have the awful fragrance and there are no seed pods.

This is a sterile variety, so you can't save seed. That means you plant it where you want it and it stays there. No more little self sown seedlings showing in the gardens and containers. Being a sterile variety, means no seed set and no cycling out of bloom. It means continuous blooming!

Great container choice

Cleome prefers regular water and well drained soil.
Cleome prefers regular water and well drained soil. | Source

Blooms from spring to frost

Some of the things I like best about Proven Winners Señorita Blanca™ Cleome is that it provides container plantings with season-long height. Deadheading isn’t necessary. They are self cleaning, meaning no pruning or trimming spent flowers.

Go to the Proven Winners site and type in your zip code to find the nearest independent garden center that sells these plants. When you get there, you'll meet some of the most helpful and knowledgeable growers. The folks that work there know their stuff.

I grew the new Proven Winners Señorita Blanca™ Cleome. It is related to an earlier variety in lavender pink, Senorita Rosalita®. The plant was sent to me as a trial plant. I will look for this annual and grow it again. You will be able to buy it this spring 2013. Hummers loved this plant. Señorita Blanca™ is perfect for a cottage garden, cutting garden, or butterfly garden.


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    Patsy Bell Hobson 4 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    This is the Cleome for you! I like that there are no odd flowers popping up where I did not plant them. Thank you for stopping by.

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    Kay Comer 4 years ago from Metropolis, Illinois

    I love cleome too and some summers I have it sticking up here and there all over our cottage garden. I LOVE the LOOK but OH how I wish they smelled more like a vintage rose :-) Mine always smell like the cross between a skunk and a......oh ANOTHER skunk...hahaha They sure are gorgeous though whether they're standing alone or tucked in a bunch of other plants in a plush flower bed...

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    Patsy Bell Hobson 5 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

    These newer varieties are hardier. Give them a try this spring. Thank you for your comment. Good luck!

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    Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

    I love cleome, but have never had luck with them. Not sure why because I always hear how easy they are to grow. I can only think that the critters like chipmunks like them. I may have to try them in pots like you have them in your photos. Useful hub!