Rocky Mountain Beeplant

  • Tall, beautiful flowering forb that excels in disturbed sites
  • Excels in disturbed sites and poor soils
  • Low to moderate water requirement
  • Does best in full sun
  • A favorite of bees


Quantity is per pound. Example: 1 = 1 lb, 2 = 2 lbs, 3 = 3lbs, etc. This is pure seed, not a live plant.


Rocky Mountain Beeplant (Cleome serulata) also known as purple beeplant is a tall, beautiful flowering forb that excels in disturbed sites. It has low to moderate water requirement and does best in full sun. The numerous pink-to-purple blossoms are fragrant, attracting bees and butterflies en force. This species inhabits western foothills, plains, roadsides, and disturbed areas. It is recommended for short-term stabilization and beautification. It grows to about 3 ft. tall and flowers from July to August. It reproduces from seed. It produces dozens of bright, pink-to-purplish flowers crowded into rounded or rather elongate spikes.

Rocky Mountain Beeplant (Cleome serulata) is often found in wastelands, and in lower mountains. It is frost tender. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade.  It is often found on sandy soil. It prefers light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and requires well-drained soil. The plant can survive in a range of soil pH levels. It is commonly associated with Big Sagebrush, gambel oak and penstemons.

As it’s name suggests, bees are attracted to the flowers and this adds to its appeal as an ornamental. Because it performs well in disturbed soils it is an important reclamation species. It establishes quickly and is persistent.

Rocky Mountain Beeplant (Cleome serulata) is technically an annual, but its growth patterns closely resemble those of a bi-annual. Plants will appear in the first and second year, with a large show of flowers in the second and third year. Under competition, Rocky Mountain Beeplant will thin out and in some areas, disappear, only to reappear when the soil is disturbed or the competition is eliminated.

Synonyms: Cleome serrulata, Bee Spiderflower, Stinking-clover, Toothed spider-flower, Rocky Mountain Beeplant

All of our Rocky Mountain Beeplant (Purple Beeplant) is hand-collected in native stands across the west.

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Plants have many different names, varieties, and scientific classifications. We've listed the most common below.

  • Cleome serrulata
  • Peritoma serrulata
  • Sticking-clover
  • Bee Spiderflower
  • Navajo Spinach
  • Skunkweed
  • Pink Cleome
  • Toothed Spiderflower

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