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PlantFiles: Gourd
Lagenaria siceraria 'Zucca'

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lagenaria (lag-en-AR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: siceraria (sy-ker-AR-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Zucca
Additional cultivar information: (aka Sheep's Nose)
Registered or introduced: 1938

Vines and Climbers

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

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


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Thagirion On Oct 10, 2011, Thagirion from Tampa, FL wrote:

My one vine produced three fairly large Zuccas for 2011. At first it was disapointing how the flowers I pollinated would die off. But then once I'd about given up some took on their own and produced the right shape. I have one big one hanging from an arbor and two that grew on the ground when the vine escaped from the arbor and took over my patio. The young fruits are fuzzy but then get smooth. It's been a very enjoyable gourd. I hope to grow more again next year.

Positive WUVIE On Feb 20, 2007, WUVIE from Hulbert, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

With good soil in a full sun, well drained location, you can easily grow a giant Zucca gourd.

Though they can be grown on a trellis, you may wish to provide support for this fruit,
which can become quite large and of course, very heavy.

Zucca require a very long growing season. Our largest
fruit came from a vine that indeed used up a full 120 days
and then some.

Neutral Farmerdill On Sep 23, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A 48 x 10 inch bottle gourd cylindrical bottle gourd grown for food. Similar to Longissima.


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

Zephyrhills, Florida
Hulbert, Oklahoma

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