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Common Name: Yellow Spiderflower
Cleome lutea is an annual plant that can grow up to 1.20 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
Western N. America - Nebraska to Washington and Arizona.
Sandy soils on desert plains to lower montane valleys, it is also found on sandy flatland[
Prefers a light fertile soil in a warm dry sunny position with plenty of room to spread[
A frost tender plant, it can be grown as a summer annual in Britain[
Young shoots - cooked[
Seed - ground into a meal and used as a flour[
The plant has been used to treat ant bites[
Yields a black dye[
]. No further details are given, but it is probably obtained by boiling down the whole plant[
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[