Cleome viscosa - L.
Common Name Tickweed, Asian spiderflower
Family Capparidaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Sandy and freely draining soils in open woodland scrub and on scree slopes in dry areas[200].
Range Pantropical.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

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Cleome viscosa Tickweed, Asian spiderflower
Cleome viscosa Tickweed, Asian spiderflower
Physical Characteristics
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Cleome viscosa is a ANNUAL growing to 1.5 m (5ft).
It is frost tender. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.


 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves;  Oil.
Edible Uses: Condiment;  Oil.

Leaves and young shoots - cooked as a vegetable[272]. A sharp mustard-like flavour[183]. The pungent seed can be pickled or used as a mustard substitute in curries[183, 272]. The seedpods are made into pickles[183]. The juice of the plant is used as a condiment[183]. An oil obtained from the seeds is used for cooking[272].
Medicinal Uses

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Anthelmintic;  Carminative;  Diaphoretic;  Rubefacient;  Stimulant.

The leaves are diaphoretic, rubefacient and vesicant[240]. They are used as an external application to wounds and ulcers[240]. The juice of the leaves has been used to relieve earache[240]. The seeds are anthelmintic, carminative, rubefacient, stimulant and vesicant[240, 272]. The seed contains 0.1% viscosic acid and 0.04% viscosin[240]. A paste of the root is applied externally in the treatment of earaches[272].


Other Uses

None known
Cultivation details
Prefers a light fertile soil in a warm dry sunny position with plenty of room to spread[200]. A frost tender plant, it can be grown as a summer annual in Britain[200].
Seed - surface sow or only lightly cover the seed in spring in a greenhouse[164]. The seed usually germinates in 5 - 14 days at 25°c[164]. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in late spring. Day time temperatures below 20°c depress germination but a night time fall to 20° is necessary[164].
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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