Rocky Mountain Bee Plant Cleome Serrulata is a herbaceous annual native to North America. Rocky Mountain Bee Plant seeds can be started indoors or directly outdoors in spring after last frost of fall. Also called Bee Spider Flower and Skunk Weed this North American wild version of the garden Cleome grows quickly, featuring attractive foliage with narrow, blade-shaped leaves and producing striking, fragrant clusters of pink or reddish-purple flowers. Bee Spider Flower blooms heavily in summer, providing a good nectar source for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, and its seeds are important food for small birds.
Rocky Mountain Bee plant is a great annual flower for mass planting, meadows, or back borders. If the Cleome Serrulata seeds are started indoors or directly outdoors in spring, the moist cold stratification for 30 days in a refrigerator is recommended prior sowing. Rocky Mountain Bee Plant grows best in full sun and average, sandy, dry or moist, but well-drained soil, tolerating drought and re-seeding easily. Bee Spider Flower makes a stunning cut flower.
PLANT PROFILE Season: Annual Height: 24-48 Inches Bloom Season: Summer/Fall Environment: Sun Soil Type: Average/Dry/Moist well-drained, pH 6.6-7.5 USDA Zones: All Regions of North America
PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS Sow Indoors: Winter/Spring (4-6 weeks before last frost) Sow Outdoors: Spring/Fall Seed Depth: Surface sowing - press seeds slightly into the soil Germination Time: 10-21 Days