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botanical name:
Proboscidea fragrans
Proboscidea fragrans © Deeproot Plant Base
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common name:  Sweet Unicorn Plant, Devils Claw, Ram's horn
synonyms:  Martynia fragrans, Proboscidea louisianica ssp. fragrans
family:  Martyniaceae
characteristics: annual/biennial
height: 0.60m
width: 0.30m
growth rate: fast
growth habit:
leaf colour: light green
flower colour: pink
fruit colour: green
stem/bark: light green
main season: Summer
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun
conditions: moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -1°C
USDA zone: 10 to 10
description:
Half-hardy annual. Thick, hairy, sticky stems and rounded, shallowly lobed, heavily veined leaves. Attractive trumpet-shaped flowers of pink to mauve-purple, often with reddish blotches, followed by distinctive, curving horn-shaped, fleshy seed pods, which split open when ripe.

cultivation:
Fertile, well drained, moist soil in sun.

propagation:
From seed, sown in early spring at about 21C.

usage:
The partially ripe seedpods are eaten as a vegetable. Leaves are also edible when cooked.

other notes:
Natiove to South-western Noth America, from Texas to Mexico.

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