Proboscidea louisianica
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Proboscidea louisianica

unicorn flower
proboscis plant
devil's claw
ram's horn

  family pedaliaceae 
  genus proboscidea 

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Genus  Proboscidea Species  louisianica Variety  Cultivar  Common names  martynia   unicorn flower   proboscis plant   devil's claw   ram's horn Family  PEDALIACEAE Specimen number  S11980 Data source  UnVeg p241
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Annual,Biennial Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  2' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to partial shade Water    Optimal soil texture  Soil texture 26 Acceptable soil pH  Slightly acidic USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Full sun to partial shade is best for growing Proboscidea louisianica.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The seed pods are like curved okra pods with terminal hooks. Proboscidea louisianica is most frequently used cooked or pickled.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Seed Pollination method    Planting style  Bush Crop spacing  4' Row spacing  4' Cold frame  Planting period  Apr 01 - Aug 31 Harvesting period    Frost tolerance  Tender Heat requirement  Warm Fertilizer  No fertilizer Time to harvest  60 days
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Pickled   Cooked Nutritional value  Edible parts  Seed pods Description of edible parts like curved okra pods with terminal hooks Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  The best months for planting new crops are April through August. When planted agriculturally, space the plants 4' apart. Space rows about 4' apart. It requires warm days for good production. Estimated time to harvest is 60 days. Propagation of Proboscidea louisianica can be achieved by seed.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes 

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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