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Its common names include Rocky Mountain beeplant, stinking-clover, bee spider-flower, skunk weed, and Navajo spinach. It is an annual plant growing to 10-150 cm tall, with spirally arranged leaves.
Cleome serrulata is a species of Cleome 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 farther east in North America.