13 responses to “Polanisia dodecandra”

  1. bev M.D.

    What a common name – not designed to engender affection! Beautiful flower though.

  2. Marilyn Brown

    “Redwhisker clammyweed” is a totally beguiling name ! If it would grow here in coastal California, I want it.

  3. Linda

    Spider flowers are an eye-catching addition to any garden!

  4. Pygge

    It looks a lot like the Cleome hassleriana sorts happily growing in my Swedish garden. Oh, I just saw it belongs to Cleomaceae – that explains it… Great looker – I’d love to have this one in my garden too!!!

  5. Souren Ala

    Yes, Cleomes are commonly used annuals here in the UK too.

  6. IC

    Every time I see a really good laugh out loud common name, it reminds me of Pterocarya fraxinifolia, an invasive that is now thriving in Washington D.C. It spreads at an unbelievable rate, tap roots get into the sewer lines and then a majority worry that you will never see the end of it. It is also known as Caucasian Wingnut.

    1. Wendy Cutler

      (Hijacking the thread here) That’s interesting to read about the Pterocarya fraxinifolia being invasive, and what a shame for such a nifty-looking tree. In Vancouver, there seemed to be only three locations of them in 1982, and as far as I know, there are still only those same trees. The one in my neighbourhood is huge and very grand, with, as you say, roots that stretch an impressive distance. But it’s very loved, and even people who do not know a single other tree name know that it’s a wingnut and will share the name with anyone to stops to look at it.

  7. Stuart Adank

    Hmmmm.. Very Intriguing… How can one distinguish between a Polanisia and a Cleome??

  8. Tierney R Rosenstock

    Looks like Cleome


    Cleome (both tall and dwarf) are common in gardens in s. Md. A bit of a nuisance as they readily reseed. The blooms can be spectacular.

  10. PAT

    Is this the same annual sold at garden centers in early spring? Learned about a new plant today Pterocarya fraxinifolia never heard of it before today

    1. Wendy Cutler

      I would guess by the “clammyweed” common name for Polanisia that you are seeing Cleome and not this. The Wikipedia page linked to in the write up describes this as “hairy and sticky, with a smell described as “strong and rank”. That doesn’t sound like something that would get too popular in garden centres.

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