Herbs of the Holyland by Nissim Krispil

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Spider flower
Common name:

Spider flower

Synonym name:

Hebrew name:

באשן עגל עלים

Scientific name:

Cleome Droserifolia



Arabic name:


0.4-0.9 m
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Grows in the Valley of the Dead Sea, the Arava and Eilat Mountains.
Spider flower is a Israeli desert bush. Its Form is spherical and dense, all parts of the plant covered with glandular hairs that has spicy and unique smell. Its flowers are delicate and beautiful, their edges are purplish and their center is yellowish. The fruit is hanged, long and narrow, opened over two valves.
The plant is very common in the folk medicine of the Negev and the Jordan Valley Bedouins: for healing open wounds, sand fly bites, Leishmania wound, and for Treating diabetes, indigestion, cough, vomiting, and skin diseases.


For treating diabetes, indigestion and more
Brew a handful of leaves in a liter of boiled water and drink two cups a day.
The Hebrew name of the plant is given because of the bad smell emanating from all parts of the plant – "baashan". The Arabic name of the plant is "Smooh" meaning full of poison. Because of the qualities of the plant to heal open and infected wounds, as well as snake bites, bees and wasps bites, and more.