Luffa

 

Luffa cylindrica

Cucurbitaceae

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Form: Vine
Seasonality: Annual
Size: 30 feet or more
Leaves; Large, dark green, resembling those of a grape vine

Flowers: Both male and female flowers. The rather large male flowers are bright yellow and occur in clusters. The female flowers are solitary and have the tiny slender ovary attached.
Fruit:
a gourd, soft and edible when young, a tough mass when mature
Stems/Trunks: Fast growing vine
Range/Origin: the tropics, believed to have originated in southern Asia or India
Hardiness: Not cold hardy

Comments: Low litter, No thorns, Gourd is also the source of the luffa bathing sponge

 

CULTURAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Exposure: Full sun
  • Water: Regular
  • Soil: Average soil
  • Propagation: Seed
  • Maintenance: Some; a strong trellis, or an arbor is recommended for support

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