Botanical Name : Cleome monophylla
Common Name: Enkelblaarcleome or Isiwisa Esiluhlaza or Matlepelo or Mujakari or Munyenyae or Musa Pelo or Musemwasemwa or Mushangishangi or Mutsvandimire or Rusperbossie or Single-Leaved Cleome or Spider Flower or Spindlepod
Habitat:Cleome monophylla is native to South Africa. A weed of fields and waste places.
Cleome monophylla is an annuak plant growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is frost tender. It is in leaf 10-May. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have 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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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.
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
Edible Uses: Leaves – cooked and used like spinach. The young shoots and flowers can also be used. The pungent seed is used as a mustard substitute.
Medicinal Uses: The pounded root is put on the lips to restore consciousness when in a faint
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