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Okeechobee Gourd
Cucurbita okeechobeensis

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: okeechobeensis

Category:

Annuals

Perennials

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Vines and Climbers

Height:

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Sep 30, 2009, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

The Okeechobee Gourd is Endangered Species found in the wild in only 2 limited areas of Florida.

The fruit is globular and has 10 distinct stripes.
Though it is classed as edible, it is quite bitter. It is mostly eaten by animals like Marsh Rabbits. It is commonly found growing on Alligator nests.