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Many of you will be familiar with plants similar to the one in today’s photograph, and, if using common names, know it as spider-flower. If you are familiar with it by its scientific name, you’ll likely know it as a Cleome. However, recent examinations of the genus Cleome have revealed that about 33 closely-related species should be separated into the genus Tarenaya, including the oft-cultivated Cleome hassleriana and Cleome spinosa (now Tarenaya hassleriana and Tarenaya spinosa).
The genus Tarenaya consists typically of species native to tropical lowlands and arid plateaus of northern and eastern South America, but some members are also distributed as far north as southern Mexico and the West Indies. Tarenaya hassleriana itself is native to Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina and Paraguay.
The cultivar ‘Violet Queen’ is a part of the Queen cultivar series, also including ‘Cerise Queen’, ‘White Queen’, ‘Pink Queen’ and ‘Purple Queen’. In many areas of the world, these are cultivated as annual plants that will self-sow in succeeding years (and therefore occasionally become naturalized).
Lastly, on a local note: I’ll be participating in this weekend’s Whistler BioBlitz, so if you feel like enjoying a nature-oriented weekend, drop by and say hello.