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Cleome lutea (Yellow Beeplant)

Yellow Spiderflower, Yellow Spider-flower, Yellow Beeplant, Yellow Caper, Golden Caper, Beeflower, Nevada Bee Plant, Peritoma lutea


Cleome lutea (Yellow Beeplant) is a fast-growing annual plant boasting showy terminal racemes, up to 16 in. (40 cm), densely packed with yellow flowers with long yellow stamens that radiate from each flower and protrude out. The nectar-filled blossoms attract a diverse array of pollinators, including native bees, wasps, and butterflies. Blooming over a reasonably long period, from late spring until late summer, depending on location and elevation, the flowers rise atop erect stems that are simple or with a few branches developing from the upper leaf axils. They are lined with alternate, widely spaced, palmately compound leaves. The flowers give way to pointed seed pods, up to 1.5 in. long (4 cm), that dangle from short stalks. The flowers and seed pods can appear on the stem at the same time, which adds to the charm and interest of the plant. Noted for its attractive and long-lasting flowers and bright color, low water needs, drought tolerance, Yellow Beeplant can be planted in sunny gardens with medium-textured soils. It is recommended for wildflower gardens and pollinator gardens as it provides resources for many native bees and other insects over its long flowering period. It is also valuable for use in naturalizing and beautifying projects. Give it plenty of room to spread.

  • Grows up to 1-5 ft. tall (30-150 cm). Will spread quickly from seed and may develop large colonies.
  • Performs best in full sun in medium-textured, dry to moist, well-drained soils. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Yellow Beeplant is an ideal addition to cottage gardens, pollinator gardens, wildflower gardens, and naturalized areas.
  • Propagate by seed. Seed requires a cold stratification or vernalization period to germinate.
  • Generally pest or disease free. Keep an eye out for powdery mildew, western cabbage flea beetles.
  • Promptly remove the seed pods if self-seeding is not desired.
  • Native to western North America, Baja California, Mexico.

 

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Plant Type Annuals
Plant Family Cleome - Spider Flowers
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 5' (30cm – 150cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Midwest, Nebraska, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Plant Type Annuals
Plant Family Cleome - Spider Flowers
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 5' (30cm – 150cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Midwest, Nebraska, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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