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Old 08-07-2012, 10:17 AM
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I'm looking for an herb called devil's claw ( harpagophytum procumbens). I can find it processed already & I have some dried root but I want to try to grow it.
Does anyone have a clue where I can find this plant.
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Old 08-07-2012, 11:49 AM
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Sissy, there are a couple of places I found that sell the seeds. Here's one:
http://www.localharvest.org/devils-claw-C8206

Then I found this whole list of places:
http://waynesword.palomar.edu/ww0801.htm#purchase

Soak the seeds for 8 hours in the spring after frost is past, then plant directly where you want the vines to grow. They're native to the southwest, so they won't tolerate a frost. The site said they sprawl like a pumpkin vine. Hope this helps!
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Old 08-07-2012, 11:51 AM
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I haven't heard of this; what's it's uses?
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Old 08-07-2012, 01:26 PM
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Thanks for the links CarolAnn, will check them out.
whi, it used for pain with arthritis, gout, muscle pain, back pain, tendonitis & a few other things. I use it for tendonitis, works real good
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:13 AM
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How is it prepared? I have about half of the things you listed.
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Thanks! Sounds like a good one to have on hand.
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:11 PM
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tomato204, the first way I fixed it was a tincture, on the first link you can find the directions to fix it. I would use a cotton, ball wet with tincture & rub on joints. now I'm trying the tea to see if it will help with leg pain. (probably poor circulation so will take something else for that too) anyway got to get some more tincture made I have run out lol.

http://www.anniesremedy.com/herb_det...FUgQNAodhyEARQ

http://altmedicine.about.com/od/herb...DevilsClaw.htm

whi you are welcome
hope this helps some

still looking for the plant though the links up top are out.
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:34 PM
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to my information, it is a tropical plant, native to Africa. You may have a heck of a time trying to grow it. I know it from when Iived in Europe, you could buy it at every pharmacy. It is used for pain and inflammation and was used for arthrits. I am curious to see if you get it to grow.
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Old 08-08-2012, 02:36 PM
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I know I would have to pamper it, but I got to find it first lol. But in the meantime I guess I'll make sure I got plenty in stock.
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:33 PM
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to my information, it is a tropical plant, native to Africa.
All the links I found were for varieties that grow here in the Southwest.
Maybe it's the wrong one! There was even a USDA pdf file on one site about growing it, so I assumed the ones here were also medicinal - don't know why else people would grow something called that!
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:40 PM
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LOL CarolAnn, me neither. I don't like the name but it doe's work.
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harpagophytum procumbens,
is that what the one you looked at is called Carol Ann?
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Harpagophytum procumbens, Grapple Plant, Wood Spider (Yup)
That was on one of the links. (Don't you love "Wood Spider" for a plant name?!)
But this one: http://www.localharvest.org/devils-claw-C8206
said it grows in the southwest & didn't give the variety.
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Old 08-24-2012, 01:17 AM
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Did you ever find out more about it?
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:04 PM
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The Devil's Claw that grows wild here in the US is a different species. Funny how when you are looking for something, it pops up in unexpected places! I just got a book on Native American basketry and it didn't call the plant Devil's Claw - but in the photos, that's obviously what it was. The species name is Proboscidea parviflora. They'd strip out lengths of the tough fibers and use it in coil baskets for the bottom, since it's a hard and durable material. They also used it for the black parts of the design.

I Googled "Using Devil's claw for baskets" and found an article that confirmed the plant name and gave photos. Here's a clip:
Peter Bretting of Indiana University (Amer. Jour. Botany Vol. 69, 1982) has named two varieties of the pink-flowered devil's claw, a wild black-seeded type (P. parviflora ssp. parviflora var. parviflora) and a domesticated white-seeded race (P. parviflora ssp. parviflora var. hohokamiana). The white-seeded cultivar (var. hohokamiana) has been cultivated for generations on several Native American rancherias in Arizona for its superior basket-making qualities. Known as 'ihug (pronounced EE-hook), the striking seed capsules may have claws up to 15 inches (38 cm) long. Multiclawed forms of both varieties were also selected because the horns split into 3-4 claws. According to Native American folk lore, multiclawed pods were avoided by some basket makers because of the increased likelihood of having twins.

Now THAT is interesting! But it doesn't tell us if the plant has the same medicinal qualities as the imported type. I'll keep on looking!

Here's a link to a site that tells how and where it grows: http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/59881/
and here is another one: http://waynesword.palomar.edu/ww0801.htm

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Old 08-24-2012, 08:55 PM
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Thanks CarolAnn, for studying this out. I too have looked, trying to find out if the one the natives used has the same med. value. Haven;t found anything yet. So far the only place I have found the med. one would have to be shipped from out of the country. And I've never done that. I may have to just get some more of the dried from a supplier in the states.
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Old 08-24-2012, 10:32 PM
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check out poke weed.
It seems to do the same thing as devils claw, maybe better.
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Here is a source of pokeweed:

http://www.richters.com/Web_store/we...=1630627.27206

They also have a good picture of the devil's claw plant although they only sell the dried root.
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