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Common Name: Tickweed
Cleome viscosa is a Annual 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[