Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Rocky Mountain Bee Plant (Cleome serrulata Pursh)

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape November 14, 2013|Print
         
 

Hairstreak butterfly feeding on Rocky Mountain Bee Plant
Photo source: Conservation Seeding & Restoration Inc.

 
 

Broad tail hummingbird feeding on Rocky Mountain Bee Plant
Photo credit: Brian Ferguson US Forest Service

Plant Family

Caper Family (Capparaceae)

Common Names

Rocky Mountain bee plant
Stinking-clover
Bee spiderflower
Toothed spider-flower
Stink weed
Skunk weed


Description

Rocky mountain bee plant is an annual plant native to the western, central, and northern United States and throughout Canada.  It is often found on disturbed sites and grows to about 5 feet tall. Open cluster of purple pink flowers bloom continuously from mid to late summer. Long pods produce abundant seed that readily recolonizes bare well drained soils. 


Attracts

  • Bees
  • Butterflies
  • Hummingbirds      

 

 

 

 


Additional Resources:

Water-Wise Pollinator Gardens

West

Utah - Range Plants of Utah, Rocky Mountain Bee Plant

Southwest 

Texas - Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Native Plant Database