Rocky Mountain Bee Plant is a gorgeous native annual flower that is commonly found growing in open prairies throughout the United States. At maturity, this plant will reach the height of 3-4' and feature an erect stem, leafy branches, and beautiful clusters of large pink flowers which bare six stamens that extend far beyond the flower itself! This sun loving eye catcher also attracts bees, birds, and butterflies to your garden, is both edible and medicinal, is resistant to deer and rabbits, is great as a cut flower, and can even be used to makes dye!
Starting Bee Plant Seeds
Species: Cleomella serrulata
Cultivar: Rocky Mountain Bee Plant
Also Known As: Beeplant, Stinking Clover, Navajo Spinach.
Native to: Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Manitoba, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.
Introduced into: Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Ontario.
Grown as: Annual
Maturity (Blooms): Summer
Light: Full Sun
Soil Moisture: Medium
Beneficial Insects?: Yes. It attracts bees, birds, hummingbirds, and butterflies as well as being resistant to rabbits and deer.
Sow Depth: 1/4"
USDA Zone: 3a-9b
Produces: plants with narrow, blade-shaped leaves and stems topped by 6-8" clusters of pink flowers.
Starting Bee Plant Seeds Indoors for Spring
Transplanting Bee Plant Seedlings Outdoors for Spring
Starting Bee Plant Seeds Outdoors for Spring
STARTING BEE PLANT SEEDS OUTDOORS IN FALL
Using companion plants as a border, backdrop, or interplanting in your garden beds will allow you to harness the ecosystem to its full potential. It is best to use plants native to your area so that the insects you seek to attract will know what to look for!
Bee Plant is known as the 4th Sister to the traditional 3 Sister Planting Method. Bee Plants role in this layout is to attracts bees and other pollinators. Below is corns companions and we suggesting adding Bee Plant in with the crops listed below.
Allies: The benefits of planting corn with beans has been upheld by scientific research, which showed increased yields when corn was grown with a legume. One study points out that an interplanting of soybeans encourages parasitic Trichogramma wasps, which help control corn earworms. Soybeans or peanuts also increase populations of predatory insects, which help reduce the number of corn borers. Beans and corn are mutually beneficial: Beans help keep fall armyworms in check on corn, notes one study, while corn minimizes leafhoppers on bean plants. Alternate rows of corn and bush beans, two rows of corn to one row of beans. Or plant pole beans to climb corn rows.
Companions: Sunflower borders were a tradition in American Indian gardens. British research indicates that strips of sunflowers alternated with corn will increase yields and decrease infestations of all armyworms. Squash and pumpkins do well in the shade of the corn rows. to make nitrogen and potassium unavailable to corn, even when the area is heavily fertilized. Leached toxins from wheat straw mulch reduced corn yields in farm research by 44-94%.
Beans: Kentucky Wonder Pole (Heirloom) (Phaseolus vulgaris)
Beans: Lazy Housewife Pole (Heirloom) (Phaseolus vulgaris)
Bean: Royalty Purple Pod Green (Heirloom) (Phaseolus vulgaris)
Corn: Country Gentleman-Open Pollinated (Heirloom) (Zea mays)
Corn: Golden Bantam-Open Pollinated (Heirloom) (Zea mays)
Corn, Popcorn: Shaman's Blue (Hybrid) Open Pollinated (Zea mays)
Blue corn originated in the Andes Mountains of Peru, where the native peoples usually ground it into flour for cooking. Indians of Mexico and the southwestern United States also widely used this corn, since its dryness made it an excellent flour corn and gave it good resistance to disease. This exciting blue popcorn receives high marks for both visual and taste appeal. The unique blue/purple kernel pops into mounds of snow white popcorn that will satisfy any popcorn lover with its slightly sweet flavor.