- Low-growing annual plants with tiny yellow flowers
- Makes a beautiful ground cover
- Great for containers
- Spiky pods generally not eaten
- Great historic novelty
Prickly Caterpillar Description
(Scorpiurus muricatus) Unusual legume native to southern Europe. Described by Fearing Burr in Field and Garden Vegetables of America (1863). 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 unsuspecting 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.
Learn to Grow it
This crop can be direct seeded into the soil after the last spring frost. You can also start plants indoors 3-6 weeks before the last frost date.
Space your plants or seeds 6-8 inches apart in well fertilized soil. Plant your seeds 1/4-3/4 in. deep.
As this plant grows it may need support in the form of a trellis to keep the vines off the ground. You won't need to fertiize this crop in order to get a healthy yield.
These plants prefer warm weather and soil so they should be grown when temperatures are over 68 degrees F.