Genus Cleome
Caper Family (Capparidaceae)

Rocky Mountain Beeplant

Yellow Beeplant
(Cleome lutea)

The yellow beeplant is a little smaller than the purple one. Both species grow along roadsides and in sandy overgrazed land in foothill areas.

Rocky Mountain Beeplant
(Cleome serrulata)

Beeplants grow up to 4 feet tall, and have beautiful showy clusters of flowers at the tops of the stalks. The flowers have a feathery appearance because of their long stamens. They secrete much nectar, and therefore attract bees which gather it for making their honey.

Yellow Beeplant

Near Bicknell and in
Capital Reef National Park
Wayne County, Utah


by Sandra Bray