Doubleclaw (Proboscidea parviflora)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Dry
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flower Color: Bi-Color: white/pink
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Edible Parts: Seeds or Nuts
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Depth to plant seed: width of the seeds
Sow in situ
Other info: soak seeds in water for 8 hours.
Pollinators: Hoverflies
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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Posted by plantmanager (NM - Zone 7b) on Nov 2, 2016 12:26 PM

This is quite a plant! Its seedpod shape enables it to be a hitchhiker on the legs of cows or horses or feral pigs. The seeds can be spread over a wide area that way. I had one grab onto my sock once while I was hiking near our property. It grows across the Sonoran desert, California to Texas, and also down into Mexico. It is very hardy as it has a deep taproot, so it can grow with very little water. Another interesting thing is that the leaves are heliotropic. They follow the sun. Keep an eye out for this one if you visit the sonoran desert areas.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Devil's Claw (Proboscidea) by GardenGuyAZ Oct 1, 2011 5:05 PM 11

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