Devil’s claw (Proboscidea louisianica), also known as unicorn plant and ram’s horn, grows in somewhat sprawling clumps usually around 3 feet tall and 4 to 5 feet wide, with thick stems and broad, furry, sticky leaves. Tubular pinkish blooms with yellow-brushed centers develop into large, plump, green-skinned fruits with a long, tapering tail. As each fruit matures, the fleshy skin eventually splits and falls off or rots, leaving behind a hard, dark seedpod. And as that dries further, the tail splits into several parts that curl back, revealing the knobbly, white seeds inside. The pods are quite interesting and can be useful for crafts or natural decorations.
Now, a few cautions. First, the dried seedpods are very hard, and the pointy-tipped, curved tails can hook into the hair and feet of pets, livestock, and wild animals, so you don’t want to plant them near a pasture or anywhere critters can get near them. Also, I have seen varying reports about its native range, but now, at least it appears throughout much of the US. It can self-sow, sometimes to the point of becoming weedy, and is considered a noxious weed in Washington state. So, keep all that in mind before ordering.
Harvested in September and October 2020. At least 10 seeds.