Spider-Flower

Cleome spinosa

Family: Caper (Capparidaceae)

Petal Arrangement: Although this four-petaled flower is considered a regular flower it has a very interesting structure. The stamens of the Spider-flower are extremely long so that they look similar to legs of a Daddy-Long-Leg spider.

Color: Flowers are white (occasionaly light pink)

Leaf Arrangement: The leaves of the Spider-Flower are alternating. The leaves themselves grow in a palmate pattern.The leaves and stem have are covered in a light layer of hair.

Size, Location, Season: The Spider-Flower grows between 60-120 cm (2-4 ft.). It escaped cultivation and can now be found in open fields and waste areas throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Indiana and Ohio. July-September

** Found on Waltham Community Farm, Waltham MA.- late October.

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