nature’s gift

an interesting plant, first a hairy green then turned into a woody and spiky seed pod

This is a rare and unusual plant that I must share on this blog. I planted this on the curb to scare away the dogs from littering. On several occasions, I have seen our neighbor dog took a sniff and backed off from the spiky looking fruit–so my plan worked!

Proboscidea, commonly known as unicorn plant, devil’s or ram’s horn is a flowering plant that produce a trumpet-looking flower; then a hairy fruit, before it dry up to a woody and hooked seed pod. My friend, who gave me the seeds told me her grandmother, who is a Navajo Indian cooked and eat the green fruits, and kept some of the dried pods for her basket weaving. I am hoping she’ll show me some of her grandmother’s basket.

from flower to seed pod

seeds for the next season

*Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Melinda Tai and Obovate Designs with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. Thank you for visiting, I welcome all your comments.

“the earth laughs in flowers….Ralph Waldo Emerson”.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in garden and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s