Herb: Unicorn Plant
Latin name: Proboscidea louisianica
Synonyms: Martynia louisiana, Proboscidea louisiana
Family: Martyniaceae (Unicorn Plant Family)
Edible parts of Unicorn Plant:Young fruits, harvested whilst still tender enough to be pierced with a fork, can be sliced and added to soups as a thickening agent. They can also be parboiled and eaten as a vegetable or pickled in vinegar. They are sometimes pickled when immature. The fruit is about 4 - 6mm long. Seed - raw or cooked. High in protein and in oil. An edible oil is obtained from the seed. Root. No more details are given.
Description of the plant:
(3 1/4 foot)
Habitat of the herb:River banks and waste places. Naturalized as a weed in Portugal and S.E. Russia.
Other uses of Unicorn Plant:A black dye can be obtained from the seedpods. The long pointed seed capsule horns can be used as the black pattern material in coiled basketry.
Propagation of the herb: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.
Cultivation of Unicorn Plant:River banks and waste places. Naturalized as a weed in Portugal and S.E. Russia.
Medicinal use of the herb:None known
Known hazards of Proboscidea louisianica:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.