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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
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.

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.

From seed.

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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