Devil’s Claw is a geophyte with prostrate stems a taproot and secondary tubers that is indigenous to southern Africa, growing mainly in deep Kalahari sands. The plant with creeping annual stems can reach up to 2 m long. The above-ground stems emerge after the first rain and die back during the winter or during droughts. The secondary tubers can reach lengths of up to 40 cm long and 6 cm thick. The opposite leaves are blue-green and can be shallowly to deeply lobed. The tubular flowers are a deep mauve-pink with a yellow and white throat. They are open for one day and pollinated by bees. Devil’s Claw occurs in areas with low annual rainfall (150-500mm/yr) on deep sandy soils of the Kalahari. It is more abundant in open, trampled and overgrazed areas.