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Cleome monophylla - L.

Common Name
Family Capparidaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats A weed of fields and waste places[240].
Range S. Africa.
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Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Cleome monophylla


Cleome monophylla

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Cleome monophylla is a ANNUAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is frost tender. It is in leaf from May to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has 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.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses: Condiment

Leaves - cooked and used like spinach[183]. The young shoots and flowers can also be used[183]. The pungent seed is used as a mustard substitute[183].

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Medicinal Uses

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Restorative

The pounded root is put on the lips to restore consciousness when in a faint[240].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Prefers a light fertile soil in a warm dry sunny position with plenty of room to spread[1, 200]. A frost tender plant, it can be grown as a summer annual in Britain[200].

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Propagation

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].

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Botanical References

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Readers comment

kenneth Nnalenna   Tue Jun 20 2006

How about adding some pictures and probabbly mention other countries that contain the plant.I realise most students like me are willing to study much about such crops otherwise you are using very simple english and it is easy to understand.

Bramman Avery   Mon Oct 1 2007

Rode in a cab with an Asian gentleman who said that he puts cleome leaves up with salt than adds water and uses it as a pickle on roast meats. Said one could also add whole fresh hop peppers and bean sprouts and that the peppers would lose their hotness in the brining process. He said that if one wanted it to work faster one should use hot water. Bramman Avery at averyspecs@earthlink.net

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