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Proboscidea fragrans - (Lindl.)Decne.

Common Name Sweet Unicorn Plant, Ram's horn
Family Martyniaceae
USDA hardiness 9-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known
Range South-western N. America - Texas to Mexico.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (1 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Tender Moist Soil Full sun
Proboscidea fragrans Sweet Unicorn Plant, Ram


W.L. Wagner @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Proboscidea fragrans Sweet Unicorn Plant, Ram
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Proboscidea fragrans is a ANNUAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.3 m (1ft in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 10 and is frost tender. It is in flower from July to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

P. louisianica fragrans. (Lindl.)Bretting. Martynia fragrans

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Seed  Seedpod
Edible Uses:

Leaves - cooked as a potherb with beans[183]. The half-ripe seedpods are cooked and eaten as a vegetable[2, 183]. They are 8 - 10cm long[188]. Seed - cooked[257]. Boiled and eaten[257]. The soft immature seeds can be eaten raw, roasted or ground into a paste[183].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Basketry

The ripe seedpods are used as an ornament on willow baskets[2]. The pods are softened with lye and water, split, bent and used as sewing withes in coiled basketry[257].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Requires a well-drained porous fertile soil in a warm sheltered position[188, 200]. A frost-tender species, it can be grown outdoors in Britain as a half-hardy annual. This species is closely related to P. louisianica[200].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a warm greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out after the last expected frosts[200].

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Proboscidea louisianicaUnicorn Plant, Ram's hornAnnual1.0 9-11  LMHNM202

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Author

(Lindl.)Decne.

Botanical References

200

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Readers comment

judi fullington   Mon Apr 11 22:41:42 2005

i would like to plant the unicorn plant. where can i find the seed or seedlings to buy.

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