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Ornamental Pumpkin Cucurbita

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koo-KER-bih-ta
Description

A large genus of plants native to North and South America.  It includes some cultivated vegetables such as summer and winter squash, pumpkins, and ornamental gourds. 

 

VIDEO* Created by Elisabeth Meyer for "Edibles, Bulbs, and Houseplants" a plant identification course offered in partnership with Longwood Gardens.   

*in the video the male and female flowers are swapped.  The female flower is presented first, the male flower second.  

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Cultivars / Varieties:
C. argyrosperma, C. ficifolia, C. maxima, C. moschata, C. pepo
Tags:
#edible plant#tendrils#trellises#vines#vegetable garden#ornamentals#edible fruits#edible seeds#vegetable#warm season vegetable#ebh-vh#ebh
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
C. argyrosperma, C. ficifolia, C. maxima, C. moschata, C. pepo
Tags:
#edible plant#tendrils#trellises#vines#vegetable garden#ornamentals#edible fruits#edible seeds#vegetable#warm season vegetable#ebh-vh#ebh
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cucurbita
    Family:
    Cucurbitaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    North and South America
    Climbing Method:
    Tendrils
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Edible
    Vegetable
    Vine
    Habit/Form:
    Climbing
    Creeping
    Appendage:
    Tendrils
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Blue
    Cream/Tan
    Gold/Yellow
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Orange
    Pink
    Red/Burgundy
    Variegated
    White
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Length:
    > 3 inches
    Fruit Width:
    > 3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    A type of berry called a pepo that has a hard rind. Fruits may be long or round, large or small, smooth or warty. Some species and cultivars are edible and some are not; among the edible ones, both fruit and seeds are edible.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Solitary
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Funnel
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Large yellow or white flowers with five petals. Most often monoecious, though some species are diecious.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Palmatifid
    Peltate
    Leaf Margin:
    Lobed
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Large, alternate leaves, sometimes reaching a foot in diameter. Palmate lobing and veining.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Vertical Spaces
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden
    Design Feature:
    Mass Planting
    Small groups