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Butterfly On Bee Plant

Arla M. Ruggles

Cherry Creek-Ely_NV, United States

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Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) on “Bee Plant” (Cleome serrulata)


Kalamazoo Recreation Area
White Pine County, Nevada, USA
(2010.AUG.19)

Nevada: The Silver State

(2010.AUG.23)

“Rocky Mountain Bee Plant” (Cleome serrulata)

Branched stems have palmately compound leaves and, in racemes at ends of branches, pink or reddish purple flowers (sometimes white). Flowers 0.5 in (1.3 cm) long. Height: 0.5-5 ft (0.2-1.5 m).

Plains and rangeland, foothills of lower mountains.

Eastern Washington to northern California; east on most of the Great Plains; south to central Arizona, central New Mexico, and northern Texas; introduced elsewhere.

The flowers produce copious nectar and attract bees, hence the common name. Indians boiled the strong leaves for food and as a stomachache remedy. In times of drought early Spanish-Americans made tortillas from the barely palatable but nourishing seeds.


Spring Valley
White Pine County, Nevada, USA
(2010.AUG.19)

Canon 350D EOS
Sigma 70-300 mm
iso 100
Program: LS


Thanks to JAN LANDERS for additional information:

“…it is called horsemint (aka: bee balm, wild oregano, oswego tea, fire and ice, bergamot). the leaves can be used for a spicy hot flavor in chili, pasta sauce, salsa, etc.”

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