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Common Name: Tickweed
Cleome viscosa is an annual plant that can grow up to 1.50 metres tall.
It has edible and medicinal uses.
Sandy and freely draining soils in open woodland scrub and on scree slopes in dry areas[
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[
Leaves and young shoots - cooked as a vegetable[
]. A sharp mustard-like flavour[
The pungent seed can be pickled or used as a mustard substitute in curries[
The seedpods are made into pickles[
The juice of the plant is used as a condiment[
An oil obtained from the seeds is used for cooking[
The leaves are diaphoretic, rubefacient and vesicant[
]. They are used as an external application to wounds and ulcers[
The juice of the leaves has been used to relieve earache[
The seeds are anthelmintic, carminative, rubefacient, stimulant and vesicant[
]. The seed contains 0.1% viscosic acid and 0.04% viscosin[
A paste of the root is applied externally in the treatment of earaches[
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[