Proboscidea louisiana is an annual herb, 10-60 cm tall, densely hairy, slightly sticky, larger plants freely branched, sometimes to 2 m wide.
Leaves opposite below, alternate above, rounded to kidney-shaped to 25 cm long and wide.
Flowers dull white to purplish, or spotted with yellow and purple, bilaterally symmetrical, tubular, 3.5-5.5 cm long and wide, blooming June-Sept. (Hough 1983).
Fruit a capsule 10-20 cm long, with a fleshy covering that falls off, woody portion with slender 2-parted, curving beak.
Wetland status: FACU.
Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.
Origin: Southern and Midwestern US.
Habitat: Weedy areas.
Notes: Green fruit used to make pickles.