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


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


Utah – Range Plants of Utah, Rocky Mountain Bee Plant


Texas – Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Native Plant Database