Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various often strong-smelling plants of the genus Cleome, native chiefly to warm regions and including several ornamentals.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A large genus of herbaceous and shrubby plants, natural order Capparidaceæ, natives principally of tropical America, Egypt, and Arabia. Many of the species have showy flowers, and a few are cultivated for ornament, as C. spinosa, C. rosea, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any of various often strong-smelling plants of the genus Cleome having showy spider-shaped flowers
  • noun tropical and subtropical annual or perennial herbs or low shrubs

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin Cleome, genus name.]

Examples

  • They may be half-empty packets that didn't get used the previous year, or they may be seeds you collected from your non-hybrid plants such as cleome (spider flower).

    Christian Science Monitor | Top Stories

  • Examples that will do well in the Washington area are black-eyed Susans, purple coneflowers, butterfly weeds, goldenrods, coreopsis, wild and sulphur cosmos, gaillardias and cleome.

    Green Scene: Decide now where to start as you plan your garden - seed or plant?

  • Use phlox 'David' to the back of the border in tandem with WHITE cleome 'Sparkler.'

    A SUNNY CONEFLOWER BORDER

  • Besides these I have hosta, sedum, anemone, cleome and herbs.

    It's Almost Over For Another Year

  • Besides these I have hosta, sedum, anemone, cleome and herbs.

    Archive 2006-09-01

  • Under my window a colony of cleome made a soft web of bloom that drew me every morning for a long still time; and one day I discovered that I was looking into a rare fretwork of fawn and straw colored twigs from which both bloom and leaf had gone, and I could not say if it had been for a matter of weeks or days.

    The Land of Little Rain

  • Under my window a colony of cleome made a soft web of bloom that drew me every morning for a long still time; and one day I discovered that I was looking into a rare fretwork of fawn and straw colored twigs from which both bloom and leaf had gone, and I could not say if it had been for a matter of weeks or days.

    The Land of Little Rain

  • Yonder the orange predominates in the showy flowers of the asclepia; and beyond, the eye roams over the pink blossoms of the cleome.

    The Scalp Hunters

  • This spring I sowed a different clutch of annuals: Ammi visnaga, with beautiful pale-green domes of flower, green-flowered tobacco plants, English marigolds, a white-flowered cleome called 'Helen Campbell'.

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  • Annuals flowers like cleome, cosmos, zinnias and sunflowers are excellent bee attractors.

    Local News from Wilmington Star News

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