African Spider Flower (Cleome gynandra)

Annual
Gynandropsis gynandra. (L.)Briq. G. pentaphylla. DC.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
African Spider Flower
Cleome gynandra
Capparidaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    A decoction of the root is used to treat fevers[243, 272]. The juice of the root is used to relieve scorpion stings[272].

    The leaves, applied as a poultice, are used as a vesicant and rubefacient in the treatment of rheumatism[243, 272]. The juice of the leaves is a remedy for pain in the ear[243].

    The seeds are anthelmintic and rubefacient[243, 272].

    The whole plant is used in the treatment of scorpion stings and snake bites[243].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

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].
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].
Tropical and Sub-Tropical zones.

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