Golden Cleome

Name

Golden Cleome, Yellow Cleome or Yellow Mouse-whispers

Latin Name

Cleome angustifolia

Description

The Golden Cleome / Yellow Cleome is a delicate, open-branched herb with thin compound leaves. The yellow flowers have purple bases and distinctive protruding stamens.

Habitat

The Golden Cleome is quite common along roadsides and in disturbed ground and is widespread.

Field Notes

The plant is eaten as a vegetable in many parts and is said to have two uses – as part of a meal and for its healing qualities of certain ills. The flower is pollinated by ants and other insects that feed on the pollen.

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