Tarenaya (syn. Cleome) hassleriana

(Prickly Spider Flower)


Cleomaceae / Capparaceae


Tarenaya (syn. Cleome) hassleriana

Common name(s)

Prickly Spider Flower

Flower colour; life form

Flowers white, pink, mauve; herb erect to 1.5 m, usually less

Distinguishing features

Conical, recurved prickles on stem and leaf stalks/ leaves compound, palmate with 5 leaflets to 12 cm long. Flowers to 5 cm wide, stamens prominent up to about 7 cm long; white through to pink, mauve. Fruit a long thin capsule or siliqua.

Cleome hassleriana