Plant Base Online (beta)
common name: Bottle Gourd, Calabash Gourd, White-flowered Gourd
synonyms: Lagenaria vulgaris
poisonous or irritant
full sun, part shade
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.
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.
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