Rocky Mountain Bee Plant

or bee spiderflower
Cleome serrulata
CAPPARACEAE, The Caper family or
CLEOMACAEAE, The Cleome family, depending on how forward-thinking or backwards you want to be.

This North American annual is a great attractor of beneficial insects! Despite it’s name, it’s widespread across the midwest and west including most of Canada. It can reseed itself and is sometimes considered a little weedy. I learned today in Permaculture Design course that it is a good plant to include in some types of guilds. It’s a really pretty plant and like other Cleome, would make a nice cut flower.

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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