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By bananaman
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Joined:  Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:54 am
So, a devil’s claw (probably Proboscidea louisianica) popped up at a home under construction in my neighborhood. I’d like to snag some seeds to try my hand at growing them — they’re neat looking plants, have cool flowers, have potentially edible fruit, have cool looking seed pods, catch a bunch of bugs, and grow great here (I mean, it’s growing in a completely untended area, which gets no water, has terrible, rocky, shallow soil, and has no shade whatsoever from the heat). I was, frankly, shocked at how sticky the plant was. There are lots of little bugs stuck all over it. The flowers kind of remind me of desert willow (Chilopsis).

The plant has flowers, but it also has some pods that are a good 5-6” but solid green and plump. How long should it take for those big pods to mature? A couple weeks?

If you’ve got experience with this plant, feel free to chime in.
By bananaman
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Joined:  Sat Jan 01, 2011 2:54 am
I snagged the first ripe pod today. It’s most definitely the wild kind with 2 claws and black seeds — not the cultivated one with 4 claws and white seeds.

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