Bottle Gourd 'Basic/Dudhi'

Lagenaria siceraria

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: Basic/Dudhi


Edible Fruits and Nuts


Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


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Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


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Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly


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Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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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


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

Orange Springs, Florida

Marrero, Louisiana

Piscataway, New Jersey

Raleigh, North Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 25, 2008, jqpublic from Cary, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is a common plant in the Indian community. Goes by the name Doodhi/(Dudhi as written above). Used in many different dishes as well. The leaves when rubbed against give a very strong odor similar to peanut butter. The vegetable has a very light fresh taste that can pick up the taste of everything around it when cooking.


On Jul 19, 2006, Michaelp from Glendale, UT (Zone 5a) wrote:

This was grown by a friend , from china, --this is an open pollinated variety. -they have saved their own seed for many generations, --I will plant some of their seed next spring. I followed their instructions and peeled it then sliced it , then cut the slices into narrow shoe-string like pieces, then stir-fried it until brown but not burnt, --it was great, alone or mixed in with other vegetables---it smells a little bitter when cut, it smells like potato when cooking, --but it retains it's texture through cooking, and does not get mushy, the taste is a little biter, --but very good.