August 26th - Photo Of The Week...
Taken near the Cherokee Draw entrance to Lake Estes, this weeks photo features another of Colorado's colorful summer wildflowers, Rocky Mountain Bee Plant.
Sometimes called Spiderflower or Stinking Clover, Rocky Mountain Bee Plant (Cleome serrulata), is native to western North America from southern British Columbia, east to Minnesota and Illinois, and south to New Mexico and northernmost California. It is also naturalized further east in North America.
Rocky Mountain Bee Plant is an annual plant growing to 60 inches tall, with spirally arranged leaves. The leaves are trifoliate, with three slender leaflets each 1-3 inches long. The flowers are reddish-purple, pink, or white, with four petals and six long stamens. The fruit is a capsule 1 to 2 inches long containing several seeds.
It is used in the southwestern U.S. as a food, medicine, or dye. It is called waa’ in the Navajo language. Its scientific description was based on specimens collected on the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Look for Rocky Mountain Beeplant in early July on native prairie in light or sandy soils. This plant is sometimes grown as an ornamental. Many Cleomes in the Tropics are used as foods, medicines, and