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Sonoran Desert Devil's Claws

Perennial or annual herbs with broad leaves, generally low-growing less than 1 m tall. Two lipped flowers. Fleshy okra-like fruit dry into claw-like pods.

Devil's Claw

Proboscidea althaeifolia


Proboscidea parviflora

Proboscidea althaeifolia photo © Mike Plagens

Yellow flowers marked with orange-maroon. Perenial with thick taproot. Leaves < 15 cm wide. Found along sandy washes in the Sonoran Desert. Detailed Description

Proboscidea parviflora photo © Mike Plagens

In favorable spots the leaves grow rather broad and large, > 15 cm and have shallowly lobed margins. Flowers come in various shades of pink. Detailed Description

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