What is this flower/weed?

Asked March 29, 2017, 4:55 PM EDT

I have attached a picture of a flower that I took in Bethesda. I'm wondering what it is, since I've never seen anything like it. I don't need the genus/species name, just what it's called and known by. Is it a weed?

Montgomery County Maryland plant identification cleome

1 Response

This plant looks like Cleome, Spider flower. It has a tendency to self seed and become weedy.
https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/all/cleome-hasslerana/
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