Desert Unicorn-plant, Golden Devil's Claw
Proboscidea althaeifolia

Family: Pedaliaceae
Genus: Proboscidea (pro-bosk-ee-DEE-uh) (Info)
Species: althaeifolia (al-thay-uh-FOH-lee-a) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

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Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

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Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:

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Danger:

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Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Pale Yellow

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Hereford, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Elephant Butte, New Mexico

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Dec 9, 2007, kaled from Tucson, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

The Desert Devil's Claw is a native plant in Tucson and surrounding areas. In my experience they seem to love sandy soil but don't seem to like harder mineral rich soil. This plant produces a sizeable tuber which can be transplanted durring the plants dormant period. It seems like this plant likes to remain dormant until monsoon season. That is a period of time in Tucson where the day time temps are around 100 and the humidity rises a bit and we have frequent evening thunder storms. The plant tends to go back into dormancy after monsoon season if it is not irrigated and even then it tends to go dormant when the day time temperatures start to cool into the 80's.

If the conditions are not right, this plant can skip seasons and remain dormant.

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