Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Rocky Mountain Bee Plant (Cleome serrulata Pursh)

Plant Family

Caper Family (Capparaceae)

Common Names

Rocky Mountain bee plant
Bee spiderflower
Toothed spider-flower
Stink weed
Skunk weed

Bee sitting on a purple flower
Rocky Mountain Bee Plant is another native that works well in pollinator gardens. Photo credit: lostinfog CC BY-SA 2.0


Rocky mountain bee plant is an annual plant native to the western, central, and northern United States and throughout Canada.  It is often found on disturbed sites and grows to about 5 feet tall. Open cluster of purple pink flowers bloom continuously from mid to late summer. Long pods produce abundant seed that readily recolonizes bare well drained soils.


  • Bees
  • Butterflies
  • Hummingbirds      

Additional Resources:

Water-Wise Pollinator Gardens


Texas – Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Native Plant Database