Rocky Mountain Bee Plant (Flower) Seeds
75-85 Days to maturity. Cleome serrulata. Rocky Mountain Bee Plant Seeds. Non-GMO, annual. Also called wild cleome or spider flower, this is one of the beautiful flowers recorded by Lewis and Clark on their journey. It lives just one year, but it can easily re-seed itself if the seeds fall on bare soil. This striking plant can sometimes reach five feet tall with spidery clusters of blooms in pinks and purples. Perfect for a native flower or a pollinator garden. About 3,300 seeds/oz.
Growing Non-GMO Rocky Mountain Bee Plant Flower Seeds
For best results, plant the seeds between fall and early spring, or cold stratified for at least three days before sowing. Cold stratify by placing seeds on a moist paper towel inside a sealed plastic bag and placing it in the freezer. Normally seeds shouldn’t be frozen like this as it can cause their cells to burst as the water inside them expands. But some seeds can survive, and indeed need this "winter treatment."
Start the seeds indoors and transplant them once they have true leaves and good roots. Optionally, directly sow these seeds into the garden bed. Cleome blooms from May-June in most climates and will die off at the first frost. There is usually no need to fertilize unless the soil is particularly barren. Keep weeds down, especially in the early stages, so that the flowers have a chance to establish themselves. Cut back spent blooms.
Rocky Mountain Bee Plant in the Flower Garden
Cleome (Rocky Mountain Bee Plant) is the perfect spring-blooming background plant for your garden bed. In the springtime, it showcases its unique spidery flowers. The rest of the year, its lush foliage creates a rich backdrop for the rest of your flowers.
It can also be a cut flower in spring bouquets and arrangements. It has many medicinal and culinary uses, as described below. Use Spider Flower in pollinator gardens. It is attractive to bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies, who love to drink its sweet nectar.
Landscape Use of Rocky Mountain Bee Plant
Use Rocky Mountain Bee Plant as a multifaceted performer in your landscape. The striking blooms are perfect as focal points in the spring and backdrop foliage for the rest of the summer. Use it as a tall border, a mass planting, scatter amid wildflowers in a field, or use it as a grouping to soften harsh lines created by fences or buildings.
About Rocky Mountain Bee Plant Garden Seeds
American Indians and Western settlers used this to treat fevers, stomach disorders, and sore eyes. A poultice is made of crushed leaves and used to reduce swelling and boiled with a rusty iron to be made into a drink to treat anemia.
This plant is not poisonous to animals or humans. Morning doves sometimes eat the seeds.
The Rocky Mountain Bee Flower has 6-8 inch wide blooms of gorgeous purple florets.
There are many uses for this beautiful plant: When the leaves have matured, they are harvested, boiled, and eaten as greens. The seeds are edible and ground into flour. Spider flower petals (Flowers of the Genus Cleome are also commonly used as a paint or dye.
As the name suggests, this flower is native to the Rocky Mountain region of the United States of America. Yet, it is also found as far east as Ohio, south as Southern Texas, and as far west as Coastal California. It has never been found wild in the southeast states.
Tips From Our Gardeners
”Although Cleome can be a cut flower, I recommend leaving it for the pollinators. It is so handsome in the garden that I can’t bring myself to cut them down!"
|- Lara Wadsworth, True Leaf Market Writer|
Rocky Mountain Bee Plant Seeds Per Package:
250 mg - Wholesale - Approximately 30 Seeds
0.25 oz - Wholesale - Approximately 840 Seeds
1 oz - Bulk Seeds - Approximately 3,300 Seeds
4 oz - Bulk Seeds - Approximately 13,440 Seeds
1 lb - Bulk Seeds - Approximately 53,760 Seeds
Non-GMO Rocky Mountain Bee Plant seeds are available for Fast Free Shipping on orders over $75.
|Latin Name:||Cleome serrulata|
|Rocky Mountain Bee Plant Color:||Lilac purple to pink.|
|Hardiness Zone:||Annual; Zones 3-10|
|Days to Maturity:||75-85 days|
|Days to Germination:||7-14|
|Seeding Depth:||1/4 inch|
|Plant Spacing:||10-15 inches|
|Row Spacing:||10-15 inches|
|Plant Height:||12-60 inches|
|Growth Habit:||Upright; can look quite bushy when planted together.|
|Soil Preference:||Rich, well-draining garden loam.|
|Light Preference:||Full Sun|
|Plant Width:||6-10 inches|
|Pests and Diseases:||Cleome is a hardy annual not overly attractive to pests and diseases. Aphids, whiteflies, and spider mites can be present in select environments.|
|Direct Sow:||Yes Direct Sow|
|Start Indoors:||Yes Start Indoors|
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