PERITOMA serrulata (Rocky Mountain beeplant)

Formerly Cleome serrulata. Tall moderately drought tolerant native annual with pincushionlike bright pink flowers, blooming June to September. Colonizer, preferring open and disturbed sites on roadsides, moist prairies, shrublands, mountain woodlands and in old pastures and rangelands, sometimes in large colonies; up to 10,000 ft. elevation. Valuable nectar and pollen for numerous native bees, honeybees and Monarch butterflies; seeds for upland game birds. Use as a soil stabilizer and emergency short-term food source for native pollinators after disturbance, until perennial forbs bloom.

DISTRIBUTION / ADAPTATION

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INFORMATION & ATTRIBUTES

Family: Capparaceae

Duration: Annual

Growth Habit: Forb/herb

Native Status: Native

Growth Form: Single crown

Mature Height: 6-60 in.

Bloom Color: Pink-purple

Bloom Period: Spring-Late Summer

Annual Precipitation: 13 in.

Drought Tolerance: Low

Shade Tolerance: Intolerant

Elevation:

Wetland Indicator Status: FACU

Fire Resistance:

Fire Tolerance:

Nitrogen fixation: None

SOIL ADAPTATION

Coarse Texture: Yes

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: No

Salinity Tolerance: None

CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium

pH Range: 6.0-7.6


SEEDING NOTES

Seeds per Pound: 65,900

Seeding Rate:  PLS lbs/acre

Season: Spring/Winter

Days to Germination:


VARIETIES & LOCAL ACCESSIONS

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