Prickly Caterpillar

Scorpiurus muricatus
$2.99 to $25.25
SKU: 1225
  • Low-growing annual plants with tiny yellow flowers
  • Makes a beautiful ground cover
  • Great for containers
  • Spiky pods generally not eaten
  • Great historic novelty
$2.99 to $25.25

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(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

Start Indoors: 3-4 weeks before last frost

Germination: 10-14 Days

Plant Outdoors: 6-10” Apart

Light: Full Sun

Instructions - Sow seeds indoors ¼" deep. Transplant outdoors after danger of frost has passed. Can also be directly sown outdoors after last frost.