Prickly Caterpillar Seeds

This great historic novelty is sure to be a conversation piece!

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$2.95
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Details

This rare, unusual legume is native to southern Europe and was described by Fearing Burr in Field and Garden Vegetables of America (1863). The pods are narrow and twisted like caterpillars rolled up on themselves. Caterpillars may be added to salads to surprise unsuspecting diners, but are generally not meant to be eaten because they are so spiky. These low-growing plants with tiny yellow flowers make a beautiful ground cover and can be grown in containers if space is tight. This great historic novelty is sure to be a conversation piece!

Michigan Seeds grown on our farm Renegade Acres in Howell, MI!

Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.

Additional Info

Botanical Name Scorpiurus muricatus
Life Cycle Annual
Min. Time to Germinate 10 Days
Max. Time to Germinate 14 Days
Depth to Sow Seeds 1/4 in.
When to Sow Indoors 4-6 weeks before last spring frost
Growing Height Under 6 in. (15 cm)
Plant Spacing 6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
Hardiness N/A
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Danger N/A
Bloom Color Bright Yellow
Bloom Time Late Summer/Early Fall, Mid-Summer
Other Details Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater, Suitable for growing in containers
Soil pH Requirements 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic), 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral), 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Propagation Methods From seed; direct sow after last frost, From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Seeds Per Pack 25