(Scorpiurus muricatus) Unusual legume native to southern Europe; listed
by Vilmorin in the 1800s. Pods are narrow and
twisted like a caterpillar rolled up on itself. Low growing
plants with tiny yellow flowers make a
beautiful ground cover. Caterpillars may be added
to salads to surprise unexpected diners, but are
generally not meant to be eaten because they are so
spiky. Can be grown in containers if space is tight.
Great historic novelty. Annual.
3-4 weeks before last frost
Green Thumb Tip Sow seeds indoors ¼" deep. Transplant outdoors
after danger of frost has passed. Can also be directly
sown outdoors after last frost.