Rocky Mountain Bee Plant

CHARACTERISTICS
Botanical Name Cleome serrulata
Life Cycle Annual
Environment Full Sun
Preferred Sites Upland/Grassland - Disturbed
Bloom Period June-August
Flower Color Purple
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Description

Rocky Mountain Bee Plant is found in its native ranges from the west coast of the United States east to Ohio and southwest to Texas. It can also be found in the New England states and most of Canada. Preference to full or partial shade, it is known to be fairly drought tolerant. Although this plant is an annual, it readily reseeds itself and can grow to a height of 5 feet in just one growing season. The bright pink/purple flowers are in bloom from June-August. The inflorescences bloom from the bottom up and it is common to see seed pods forming below the top flowers. The flowers are great sources of nectar for pollinating insects such as bees.

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