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Plant Guide: Yellow beeplant (Cleome lutea Hook)Author(s): Derek Tilley; Jim Cane; Loren St. John; Dan Ogle; Nancy Shaw
Source: Aberdeen, ID: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Aberdeen Plant Materials Center. 3 p.
Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionYellow beeplant is a valuable native forage species for bees wasps and butterflies. Over 140 species of native bees have been observed foraging for nectar or pollen on yellow beeplant in southern Utah (Cane, 2008). Yellow beeplant is an annual forb which could provide food to insects in the first growing season of a range seeding (Ogle and others, 2011a). This available food source could sustain pollinators until perennial forb species produce flowers, typically in the second growing season.
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CitationTilley, Derek; Cane, Jim; St. John, Loren; Ogle, Dan; Shaw, Nancy. 2012. Plant Guide: Yellow beeplant (Cleome lutea Hook). Aberdeen, ID: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Aberdeen Plant Materials Center. 3 p.
KeywordsYellow beeplant, Cleome lutea, plant guide, forb, pollinator, beeflower, spiderflower
- Breeding biologies, seed production and species-rich bee guilds of Cleome lutea and Cleome serrulata (Cleomaceae)
- Pollinating bees crucial to farming wildflower seed for U.S. habitat restoration
- The importance of bees in natural and agricultural ecosystems
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