Devil’s Claw Plant Info: Tips On Growing Proboscidea Devil’s Claw

The Devil’s Claw Plant (Pseudotsuga menziesii) is one of the most popular plants in the world. They are native to Arizona, but they have been introduced into other states like California, New Mexico and Texas.

These plants grow up to 10 feet tall and have a thick greenish-yellow bark. Their leaves are oval shaped with 4 leaflets at the tip. The flowers are white or pink, and bloom from May through August. Devils Claws are used for baskets, purses, bags, clothing and even furniture!

Growing Devil’s Claw Plants

There are many ways to grow these plants including hydroponics, soil mixes and potting media. There are several varieties of devil’s claws available.

Some are very hardy and will survive harsh winters. Others may not thrive in cold temperatures. You need to choose the right variety for your area because some varieties do better than others.

If you live in a warm climate, then it is best to grow devil’s claw plants indoors during the winter months when they prefer cooler temperatures. There are several ways to do this.

One method is to germinate the seeds and raise them until they are a few inches tall, then put them in a cool dark place (like a garage or basement) until spring. Some people pot them in moist soil and put the pots in a cool dark place. Before moving them back outside, it is a good idea to harden them off by exposing them to sunlight for increasingly longer periods of time.

The best conditions for growing devil’s claw plants is lots of sun and well drained soil. They grow best in mountainous areas with cold winters and hot summers.

In warmer climates they prefer being grown in pots and kept on the back porch or in a shaded area. They tolerate poor drainage as long as they are watered regularly. They can be grown from seeds or cuttings. When taking cuttings, place the cut ends into a jar of water. When the roots sprout, they can be planted into well draining soil. Devil’s claw plants can grow up to 10 feet high so give them plenty of room!

These plants do not produce any fruit or flowers. The woody part of the plant (the trunk) is usually harvested when it reaches maturity.

It is common for only a few trunks to reach maturity, as it takes quite a while before they are big enough to harvest.

Sources & references used in this article:

Devil’s claw domestication: evidence from southwestern Indian fields by GP Nabhan, A Whiting, H Dobyns, R Hevly… – Journal of …, 1981 – ethnobiology.org

Devil’s Claw domestication: Evidence from Southwestern Indian fields by G Nabhan, A Whiting, H Dobyns… – Ethnobotany, A reader …, 2000 – books.google.com

Ethnobotany of Devil’s Claw (Proboscidea parviflora ssp. parviflora: Martyniaceae) in the Greater Southwest by PK Bretting, GP Nabhan – Journal of California and Great Basin …, 1986 – JSTOR

Folk names and uses for martyniaceous plants by PK Bretting – Economic Botany, 1984 – Springer

Evolutionary divergence of field and laboratory populations of Manduca sexta in response to host‐plant quality by SE Diamond, SD Hawkins, HF Nijhout… – Ecological …, 2010 – Wiley Online Library

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