Cleome serrulata
Plants of the Southwest

Cleome serrulata

Rocky Mountain Beeplant

A 3-5 ft. annual with pale pinkish to purple flowers at the tops of the stems. The flowers have long, protruding stamens, giving them a "spidery" appearance. The black dye made from this plant is used for the designs on SW pottery. The boiled down Beeplant is used as a binder to hold the paint on pots. Attracts bees and hummingbirds. Blooms in summer. Sow in fall or soak seed 6-8 hours in hot water and sow in spring. Seed needs light to germinate. Cover very lightly or not at all. Zones 3-7.

    Zones, Sun & Water Needs: 34567


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