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Echinocystis lobata (Wild Cucumber)

Wild Cucumber, Balsam Apple, Californian Cucumber, Canadian Mock Apple, Creeping Jenny, Mock Cucumber, Mock Orange, One-seeded Bur Cucumber, Prickly Cucumber, Wild Balsam Apple, Micrampelis lobata, Sicyos lobata

Echinocystis lobata, Wild Cucumber, Wild Cucumber, Balsam Apple, Californian Cucumber, Canadian Mock Apple, Mock Cucumber, Prickly Cucumber, Wild Balsam Apple,White Flowers
Echinocystis lobata, Wild Cucumber, Wild Cucumber, Balsam Apple, Californian Cucumber, Canadian Mock Apple, Mock Cucumber, Prickly Cucumber, Wild Balsam Apple,White Flowers
Echinocystis lobata, Wild Cucumber, Wild Cucumber, Balsam Apple, Californian Cucumber, Canadian Mock Apple, Mock Cucumber, Prickly Cucumber, Wild Balsam Apple,White Flowers

Native throughout much of North America, Echinocystis lobata (Wild Cucumber) is a fast-growing, warm-season annual vine with soft, fleshy, grooved stems clothed with large, palmate, bright green leaves adorned with 3-5 pointed lobes. It climbs onto arbors, pergolas, walls, and other low structures with curling, 3-forked tendrils that arise from the leaf axils. These tendrils are touch sensitive and contract to a coil when they contact a support. In summer, sweet-smelling, 6-petalled, star-like white flowers are produced. The male flowers occur on long, upright, branching panicles borne in the leaf axils, while the female flowers occur singly or in pairs. The female flowers are followed by unusual spiky green fruits resembling small cucumbers. When ripe, they burst open and expel the seeds. They are not edible and can be used in dried flower arrangements.

  • Grows up to 25-30 ft. long (7-9 m). Will self-seed readily in the landscape.
  • Thrives in rich, moist, well-drained soils in full sun.
  • No serious insect or disease problems.
  • Great for trellises, walls, fences, arbors, and other structures.
  • Native to North America.

Requirements

Hardiness 2 - 11
Plant Type Annuals, Climbers
Plant Family Cucurbitaceae
Common names Mock Orange, Wild Cucumber, Creeping Jenny
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 25' - 30'
(7.6m - 9.1m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Midwest, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Northeast, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pacific Northwest, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Rocky Mountains, South Dakota, Southeast, Southwest, Texas, United States, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Garden Uses Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises, Walls And Fences
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Requirements

Hardiness 2 - 11
Plant Type Annuals, Climbers
Plant Family Cucurbitaceae
Common names Mock Orange, Wild Cucumber, Creeping Jenny
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 25' - 30'
(7.6m - 9.1m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Midwest, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Northeast, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pacific Northwest, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Rocky Mountains, South Dakota, Southeast, Southwest, Texas, United States, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Garden Uses Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises, Walls And Fences
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