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Melothria scabra

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Melothria (mel-OH-three-uh) (Info)
Species: scabra (SKAY-bruh) (Info)

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Vines and Climbers

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

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Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

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10 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral KittyWittyKat On Aug 22, 2014, KittyWittyKat from Saint Paul, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

Seems critters and birds (trapped in a rodent trap with the mini melon as bait) adore the fruit. Will be growing it in my fenced garden from now on.

Positive CAGast On Apr 26, 2014, CAGast from Sciota, IL wrote:

Started growing this 2 years ago having purchased the seeds as a curiosity from Terrior Seeds. Grew them in a square foot garden where they fairly well took over the 4'x8' patch. Had to trellis them the next year! Produced like mad up until first frost last year. My daughters love eating them right off the vine. Native miner bees in the area seem to love them. They will grow all over the place and your trellises may need supports to hold up dense vines loaded with fruit. Does well here in West Central IL (5a). Terrior Seeds has a pickling recipe for them. Going to try it this year.

Positive PammiePi On Nov 20, 2013, PammiePi from Green Cove Springs, FL wrote:

These grow wild in my side-yard, & the butterflies love the little blooms! The vine isn't at all "invasive" nor does it take over the other plants. Mine look more like tiny cucumbers rather than watermelons, but taste just like very fresh cucumbers only slightly tangy. I graze on them every morning. :)

Positive legallyheidi On Nov 23, 2012, legallyheidi from Griffin, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

It worked well here...however, I did wait until summer to plant it, so I only ended up with a handful of them. The vine is still alive, and it's nearly December, so I still have a little hope :)

Positive BajaBlue On May 4, 2012, BajaBlue from Rancho Santa Rita, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

An interesting cucurbit bearing grape-sized fruits with the flavor of a cucumber.

Native to portions of Mexico, the fruit is also notable for looking much like a miniature watermelon. Fruits can be eaten fresh and have a sour aftertaste. Once found in cultivation, but has become uncommon in recent years.

Positive lisamarie2554 On Feb 10, 2012, lisamarie2554 from Checotah, OK wrote:

I am so glad to finaly know what this plant is. I chose positive because the tiny "melons" are to cute. Plus it covered my chain link fence and turned it into a kind of privacy fence.

Positive BotanicalBoi On Oct 23, 2011, BotanicalBoi from Carrollton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I love these beautiful plants! The do grow wild in my yard. The trailing habbit is really nice and wildlife LOVE the cukes. They can be used in salads for a different flavor. Use in moderation though because too many will cause diareaha. For me, they begin leafing and growing in the early fall.

Positive teesa On Aug 24, 2008, teesa from Conneaut, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Started these plants in June in my area, NE Ohio. I planted 5. They started slow but are really putting out fruit now. I have noticed that the ones I am growing on cages do not fruit nearly as much as the vine on the ground. I really like the fruit, tastes like cucumber with a tiny bit of sour. Looks like baby watermelons. I get about 25 fruits every day, perfect for salad topper. I will include these in my garden from now on.

Positive RobBanks On Aug 21, 2008, RobBanks from Washougal, WA wrote:

Purchased a packet of 20 seeds. Started indoors in mid-spring. Plants start out very slowly, then put on rapid growth as they get some leaves and the weather warms. I'm growing three to four plants each in large pots set next to a fence for climbing.

Beautiful, dark green ivy-like foliage, and adorable tiny cukes. They taste like a cucumber, and then there's a little burst of not unpleasant sourness.

Neutral berrygirl On Feb 27, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

SSE describs the 1-2" fruits as sweet and sour all at the same time, as if they've already been pickled.

Positive County_agent On Aug 8, 2006, County_agent from Tionesta, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

I grew this interesting plant this summer (2006) and am pleased with it. It has an abundance of delicate vines with plenty of tendrils. Blooms are tiny, yellow, and the fruit set easily and hang like little melons.

It would make a terrific hanging basket as long as it's kept moist. Foliage is attractive. Fruits are crunchy and like a small bite of cucumber with a hint of sourness. About the size of a grape, the plant is setting plenty of fruit during the hottest summer we've had in NW PA.

Might be a choking hazard for a small child if eaten whole.

I'll grow it again if I can master the seed saving...

Nancy the County_agent

Positive winter_unfazed On Oct 21, 2005, winter_unfazed from Rural Webster County, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

Starts out slow then grows extremely fast. Vine is very thin. Unique among cucurbits in that female flowers appear before male flowers, not the reverse. The vines can fill out a fence.

Neutral Farmerdill On Sep 2, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Underwood Gardens,offers this description: "80 days vine to 5 ft. Tiny, 1 x .5 in. light-green fruits with darker mottling look like watermelons for a doll house. The flesh is white, crisp, and slightly acidic. It is said that the missing crunch can make people go off diets. This tiny treasure can match the crunch of pretzels and chips - and may truly help dieters! A conversation piece in salads, pickles and in the garden, where the vine is attractive enough for hanging baskets."

Neutral Farmerdill On Aug 20, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Small cucumber-like fruit are shaped like baby watermelons. They are good added to salads or can be pickled. They have a cucumber-like taste with a touch of lemon. The ornamental vines have tiny leaves and flowers and are perfect for the cottage garden. Very unique and fun for kids. Huge yields.


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

Green Cove Springs, Florida
Lakeland, Florida
Zephyrhills, Florida
Carrollton, Georgia
Sciota, Illinois
Alfred, Maine
Woburn, Massachusetts
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Slingerlands, New York
Conneaut, Ohio
Checotah, Oklahoma
Tionesta, Pennsylvania
Fort Worth, Texas
Syracuse, Utah
Dungannon, Virginia
Washougal, Washington

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