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Rocky Mountain Bee Plant Seeds

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1/4 Pound
Price: $19.95
1 Pound
Price: $69.95

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Quick Overview

This is Wild Cleome "discovered" by Lewis & Clark, great for meadows. To 5 ft. for mid to late bloom. Annual.
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Details
SKU CLSG
Common Name Rocky Mountain Bee Plant
Botanical Name Cleome serrulata
Plant Type/Life Cycle Annual
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Pink
Estimated Mature Height 12-48 inches tall
Bloom Time Summer
Ships As Seed
Seeds Per Pound 400,068
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Will Tolerate Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Clay Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Native To North America
Native To Eastern WA state east over the Rockies and into the Great Plains.
Ideal Growing Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific NorthWest
Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Is It Storable? Yes - You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
Ships to Canada Yes
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Description

"Rocky Mountain Bee Plant" is a really beautiful wildflower that is one that was "discovered" by Lewis and Clark in 1806 on their expedition into the American west. Today, more and more gardeners are discovering it too. It's really a desert plant, so has great drought resistance, and you'll love the large bushy plant it makes--almost like a shrub, covered with its stunning big purplish/pink flowerheads. A great native plant for the meadow or the back of the perennial border.

Read our Member's Meadow story about how Martha Brodkey in Nevada discovered "RMBP" along a desert highway, then found the seeds and now grows them to perfection at her high desert home near Lake Tahoe.

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American MeadowsRocky Mountain Bee Plant Seeds (Cleome serrulata) - 1/4 LB
 
2.6

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Pros

  • Long bloom time (3)

Cons

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      5.0

      Comes back every year and spreads!

      By Laurie with flowers

      from Grand Junction, CO

      About Me Casual Hobbyist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Comes Back Reliable
      • Comes Back Reliably
      • Fills Large Areas
      • Long Bloom Time
      • Low Maintenance
      • No Watering Needed
      • Pest Resistant
      • Readily Reseeds
      • Reliable Growth
      • Vivid Colors

      Cons

      • Grows Huge With Any Water
      • Remove At End Of Season
      • Spreads

      Best Uses

      • Attracting Bees
      • Large Areas
      • Tall Background Plant

      Comments about American Meadows Rocky Mountain Bee Plant Seeds (Cleome serrulata) - 1/4 LB:

      I cannot remember where I purchased my original seed, but I have had this plant coming back with vigor for five or more years. It quickly grows taller than me and is covered with flowers and bees! I do not water it AT ALL, but it does grow tallest over my leach field. After it blooms, it dies and leaves large woody plants that need to be removed. That can present a problem if you don't have lots of room for disposal. We have hot, dry summers at an altitude of 4800 feet. I have clay soil.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      1 out of 1/4 lb

      By Gerry the Bee Guy

      from Dexter, MI

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fragrant
      • Long Bloom Time

      Cons

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          Comments about American Meadows Rocky Mountain Bee Plant Seeds (Cleome serrulata) - 1/4 LB:

          1/4 lb of seed was broadcast onto freshly tilled sandy loam soil in full sun. It was a spring planting and I kept the area watered. It was an unusually hot and dry spring. Only 1 seed germinated. Beautiful flowers.

          I am trying again with a fall seeding and I will also try starting some seed in my greenhouse for transplanting.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Growing Environment:

          By Walt

          from Sparta, Georgia

          Pros

          • Long Bloom Time

          Cons

          • Requires Gardening Experience

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            Comments about American Meadows Rocky Mountain Bee Plant Seeds (Cleome serrulata) - 1/4 LB:

            I lived in Arizona and was a beekeeper there. This plant produces both quantity and quality honey. However, it is important to note that germination does not happen every year. Sometine the seeds would be dormant for 3-4 years before germinating in the same location. I think a long period of moisture during the germinating period is essential. I now live in Georgia and have not been successful in getting the plants to grow.Will try again in 2011 using different procedure - wish me luck.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Did not germinate! has been three months

            By Doug

            from Albuquerque, NM

            About Me Casual Hobbyist

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                  Comments about American Meadows Rocky Mountain Bee Plant Seeds (Cleome serrulata) - 1/4 LB:

                  optimal high desert conditions: plenty of sun, watered by monsoons and hose when needed; never came up in multiple locations

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Denver isn't Rocky Mountain enough.

                  By Mycotropic

                  from Aurora, Colorado

                  About Me Avid Gardener

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                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Difficult To Use

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about American Meadows Rocky Mountain Bee Plant Seeds (Cleome serrulata) - 1/4 LB:

                      The seeds appear to be healthy and consistent and I have 0 germination as far as I can tell. I live in Aurora Colorado (just east of Denver) and as far as I can tell this plant is supposed to grow here. I planted many seeds in several ways, hand scattering on broken soil, hand scattering along an the border of an unused "wild" urban road, in cut rows, in pots, inside and outside and I see nothing approaching germination anywhere. I doubt very much that this is the fault of American Meadows, rather it's got to be my soil or location. Something. 1/4 pound and 0 plants though is a little irritating.

                      Service and delivery comments:

                      Prompt delivery, great packaging and no complaints at all about American Meadows.

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