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botanical name:
Lagenaria siceraria
Lagenaria siceraria © Deeproot Plant Base
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common name:  Bottle Gourd, Calabash Gourd, White-flowered Gourd
synonyms:  Lagenaria vulgaris
family:  Cucurbitaceae
characteristics: annual/biennial, scented/aromatic
height: 4.00m
width: 3.00m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: climber
leaf colour: green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: light green
stem/bark: green
main season: Summer
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
edible symbol edible
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: neutral
minimum temp: 0°C
USDA zone: 10 to 11
description:
Annual climbing vine that clings to supports by tendrils. Large lobed and hairy leaves with a musky smell. White flowers followed by large pale green fruits.

cultivation:
Fertile, well drained, moist soil preferably around neutral pH, in a warm sunny position. Needs a long warm season for the fruits to mature properly.

propagation:
From seed.

usage:
Young fruits have edible flesh, although some types are reported as poisonous, as are the seeds. The tough skins become woody when dried and have traditionally been used for a multitude of purposes such as drinking vessels, flasks and bowls.

Makes a fast growing summer screen on a fence or trellis support.

other notes:
Probably originated from Africa or Asia and has a very long history of cultivation throughout tropical and sub-tropical areas.

pronounced: lag-en-AR-ee-uh sy-ker-AR-ee-uh

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