Domestic Devil’s Claw
Unusual, beautiful, sprawling plants that remain small in our short season high elevation environment. Native to the Sonoran desert and domesticated by women for use in basket weaving. Beautiful pink to purple flowers that are very attractive to bumble bees and moths. Sticky, scented dark green leaves and pods up to 15 inches. White seed variety whose pods are used in basket weaving, decoration, and as a food similar to okra. Great for art projects and as a curiosity.
Culture: Sow outdoors as soon as the danger of frost has passed. Does not need much water, in fact will perish with overwatering. Allow soil to thoroughly dry between waterings (imitate the Sonoran desert as well as you can). Thin to two feet.
Seed saving: Allow pods to dry on plant and harvest as late as possible. Leaving pods on plant after first frost will not harm them. Pods split open after harvest, revealing teardrop shaped bumpy white seeds deep in crevices in the pods. Seeds will eventually pop out on their own but can also be picked out with a stick. Save seed from as many plants as you can.