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Cleome Herb ~ Samwa

Cleome droserifolia


The cleome herb is called samwa in Arabic and is one of the most popular medicinal herbs in Egypt. It is an aromatic shrub growing up to 60 cm high. The plant is covered in glandular hairs that give off a distinct smell. The upper-side of the leaves are green and the underside is a lighter yellowish-green. Leaves are hairy and broadly egg-shaped. Flowers are yellow with pinkish filaments and are about 1 – 1.5 cm.


rocky or sandy wadis and plains


Used medicinally by local Bedouin people to treat bee stings, to cleanse internal and external infections on the skin or eyes of people and animals, and to treat diabetes, as it lowers blood sugar.

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Bernadette S
Bernadette S 7 years ago

Thanks, injica! I love these flowers.

injica 7 years ago

Beautiful photos!

Bernadette S
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Spotted on Apr 13, 2013
Submitted on Apr 13, 2013

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