Rocky Mountain Bee Plant Seeds

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This is Wild Cleome "discovered" by Lewis & Clark, great for meadows. To 5 ft. for mid to late bloom. Annual.

Zones 1 - 10
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 12-48 inches tall
Bloom Time Summer
SKU CLSG

Plant Information

"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.

Associated SKUs
CLSG
CLSQP (1/4 Pound)
CLSLB (1 Pound)
Common Name Rocky Mountain Bee Plant
Botanical Name Cleome serrulata
Seed Life Cycle Annuals
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Pink
Mature Height 12-48 inches tall
Bloom Time Summer
Ships As Seed
Coverage 1/4 lb covers 1,555 sq ft.
1 lb covers 6,220 sq ft.
Seeds Per Pound 400,068
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Clay Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Native To North America
Native To Most of the United States and Canada except Southeast
Ideal 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.
Non-GMO Yes
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada Yes

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2.9

(based on 7 reviews)

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43%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Long bloom time (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Poor Germination: Try Stratifying

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from Bozeman, MT

About Me Native Plant Botanist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Drought tolerant
  • Large Plant
  • Long Bloom Season
  • Long Bloom Time
  • Pest Resistant
  • Vivid Colors

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Natural Plantings
    • Pollinator Gardens

    Comments about American Meadows Rocky Mountain Bee Plant Seeds:

    I've read some of the comments about poor germination. The seeds need about 10-12+ weeks exposed to moist cold. Those in southern states should mix seed with moist sand and refrigerate. In my location, I wait until snow covers the ground, pull back the snow, scratch the dirt, sow and re-cover with snow. This plant is native to my area.

     
    3.0

    Poor germination, but believe it was weather conditions rath

    By 

    from Parachute, CO

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Pros

    • Long Bloom Time
    • Low Maintenance

    Cons

    • Colors Not As Expected

    Best Uses

    • Large Areas

    Comments about American Meadows Rocky Mountain Bee Plant Seeds:

    To add color to area with bachelor buttons

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Comes back every year and spreads!

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    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:

    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.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    1 out of 1/4 lb

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    from Dexter, MI

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Fragrant
    • Long Bloom Time

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about American Meadows Rocky Mountain Bee Plant Seeds:

        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.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Growing Environment:

        By 

        from Sparta, Georgia

        Pros

        • Long Bloom Time

        Cons

        • Requires Gardening Experience

        Best Uses

          Comments about American Meadows Rocky Mountain Bee Plant Seeds:

          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.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Did not germinate! has been three months

          By 

          from Albuquerque, NM

          About Me Casual Hobbyist

          Comments about American Meadows Rocky Mountain Bee Plant Seeds:

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

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Denver isn't Rocky Mountain enough.

          By 

          from Aurora, Colorado

          About Me Avid Gardener

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use

            Best Uses

              Comments about American Meadows Rocky Mountain Bee Plant Seeds:

              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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              USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

              To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

              • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
              • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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