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PlantFiles: Gourd
Cucurbita pepo var. ovifera 'Tennessee Dancing'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: pepo var. ovifera
Cultivar: Tennessee Dancing

6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive sallyg On Oct 13, 2013, sallyg from Anne Arundel,, MD (Zone 7b) wrote:

Also called spinning gourds.
I got seeds from Pinetree Seeds. These are easy to grow and can grow in partial shade. Once it starts fruiting, it makes a fruit on almost every node so you can get a lot from each vine.

Positive WUVIE On Apr 18, 2007, WUVIE from Hulbert, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

An adorable, easy to grow gourd. Rumored to have been
played with as a spinning top by children of years gone by.
Indeed it does spin, I just played with a few on my desk.

Our 2006 crop was bountiful. The smallest was 1 1/2" tall
and largest was just under 2" tall. Very cute!

They do dry to be hard enough to craft, carve, paint. Would
be very cute on a necklace or a teeny weeny birdhouse gourd.

Easy to grow. Seeds are often sold as heirloom by seed savers.

Neutral Farmerdill On Aug 10, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 93 day, 2-3 inch, green and white striped pear shaped gourd.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Millersville, Maryland
Blair, Nebraska
Morris, New York
Claremore, Oklahoma
Hulbert, Oklahoma

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