|Also known as:|
|Family:||Cleomaceae (Spider Flower)|
|Habitat:||sun; along shores, sandy soil|
|Bloom season:||July - September|
|Plant height:||1 to 2 feet|
|MN county distribution (click map to enlarge):|
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A flat cluster 1 to 2 inches across of ¼-inch flowers. Individual flowers have 4 white notched petals that stay erect, about 10 long wiry red stamens with red or green tips, and 4 triangular sepals that are reddish green. One plant may branch and have multiple clusters, with the one at the top of the plant the largest.
Leaves near the base of the plant are compound in 3's; on the upper part of the plant they are singles, with little or no leaf stem. Upper leaves and lower leaflets are oval, up to 1½ inches long and ½ wide; color is dull yellowish green to purplish green. Leaves and stem are both covered with sticky hairs.
The sticky stubstance covering this plant does not easily rub off. You'll want to wash your hands after touching it.
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Photos by K. Chayka taken at Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Anoka County. Photos courtesy Peter M. Dziuk taken near Alexandria, Douglas County.
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