Herb: Yellow Spiderflower
Latin name: Cleome lutea
Family: Capparidaceae (Caper Family)
Medicinal use of Yellow Spiderflower:The plant has been used to treat ant bites.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Sandy soils on desert plains to lower montane valleys, it is also found on sandy flatland.
Edible parts of Yellow Spiderflower:Young shoots - cooked. Seed - ground into a meal and used as a flour.
Other uses of the herb:Yields a black dye. No further details are given, but it is probably obtained by boiling down the whole plant.
Propagation of Yellow Spiderflower:Seed - surface sow or only lightly cover the seed in spring in a greenhouse. The seed usually germinates in 5 - 14 days at 25°C. 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.
Cultivation of the herb:Sandy soils on desert plains to lower montane valleys, it is also found on sandy flatland.
Known hazards of Cleome lutea:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.