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Needle & Threadgrass "bails" after custom field collection in a native southern utah stand.


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Great Basin Seed has a proud heritage in the Intermountain West seed industry. Our family lineage and business heritage are directly linked to the beginnings of reclamation, revegetation and wildlife habitat improvement.


Great Basin Seed
450 South 50 East
Ephraim, UT 84627

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435.283.1411 (Office)
435.283.6872 (Fax)

Questions? Gives us a call at 435.283.1411 Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm.

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Rocky Mountain Beeplant (Cleome serulata) is a tall (erect), beautiful flowering forb that excels in disturbed sites. It has low to moderate water requirement and does best in full sun. The numerous yellow and pink-to-purple blossoms are fragrant, attracting bees and butterflies en force. This species inhabits western foothills, plains, roadsides, and disturbed areas, and 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. As it’s name suggests, it is a favorite of bees.

Rocky Mountain Beeplant is often found in wastelands, and in lower mountains. It is frost tender. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade.  Rocky Mountain Beeplant 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 its common 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.

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

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