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Cleome hassleriana
Believed to originate from the West Indies it is now found in many tropical and sub-tropical parts of the world. Known by many names- cat’s whiskers, grandfathers whiskers, spider legs and said to deter deer and rabbits due to its unusual smell something like citronella. Used by native American Indian for medicinal purposes. Leaves can be eaten raw or cooked, seeds can be eaten raw or ground into flower. Versatile plant used for making dyes, paint, soap and deodorant, it grows to approx. 1.5 meters with purple, pink or white petals with 6 stamen.

Plant after last frost. Sprinkle on fertile well drained soil and cover lightly as seeds need sun and warmth to sprout. Germinates in 10 to 14 days, but they can take longer. Thin out to 20cm apart. Drought and heat tolerant they are prolific re-seeders, so remove flower heads before the turn to seed.

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Scoville Heat Units (SHU)

Plant Height (cm)

90 - 120

Season of Interest


Temperature Range (°C)

20 - 30

Determine / Indeterminate

Annual / Perennial / Biennial


Frost Hardy / Tender


Full Sun / Part Sun / Shade

Full Sun

Sow Direct / Raise Seedlings

Sow Direct / Raise Seedlings


Well Drained,Fertile Soil


6 - 7

Soil Temperature (°C)

20 - 25

Seed Preparation

No special preparation required

Sowing Depth (mm)


Plant Spacing (cm)

31 - 45

Row spacing (cm)

46 - 60


Regular watering

Germination Time (Days)

8 - 14

Harvest Time (Days)

Cut as desired for floral arrangements

Good Companion Plants

Salvia (Salvia spp.), Marigolds (Tagetes spp.), Zinnias (Zinnia spp.), Cosmos (Cosmos spp.), Nicotiana (Nicotiana spp.), Verbena (Verbena spp.), Sunflowers (Helianthus spp.), Gomphrena (Gomphrena spp.)

Bad Companion Plants

Plants from the Brassica family (e.g. broccoli, cabbage), Legumes (e.g. beans, peas), Nightshades (e.g. tomatoes, peppers)



Powdery mildew, Rust, Leaf spot, Downy mildew, Stem cankers.,

More About Us

ABSeeds is an Australian owned business trading under the umbrella of Direct Compost Solutions which is owned and managed by Victoria Brun.

We as a company endeavor to provide to the public, Organic, Old Fashioned, Heritage, and Open-pollinated seeds that have not been genetically modified.

We purchased the business in November 2018 and renamed it to ABSeeds (All ‘Bout Seeds) to make the title shorter and represent what we hope to achieve with this business in the years ahead.

Seeds that we can’t grow ourselves we will acquire from people who grow for us, or we may purchase seeds from reputable heritage seed companies.

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