Unicorn Plant Or Devils Claw - Knowledgebase Question

Fort Wayne, IN
Question by wooty
March 18, 1999

I recently aquired a package of seeds from our county extension office. The seeds are idenified as Devil's Claw or Unicorn Plant. I have looked in books for this plant or seed and cannot find it. If you have heard of it please let me know.

Answer from NGA
March 18, 1999


To be honest, I had never heard of either one. After some research, I did find a few things. Unicorn Plant is known botanically as Proboscidea. Strangely, "Proboscidea" is also the name of the order of mammals that includes Asian and African elephants....go figure! I learned this plant is semi-carnivorous - what an interesting little seed you have there:

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