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PlantFiles: Dudaim Melon, Apple Melon, Queen Anne's Pocket Melon, Vine Pomegranate, Plum Granny, Wild Muskmelon
Cucumis melo var. dudaim

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: melo var. dudaim

Synonym:Cucumis odoratissimus
Synonym:Cucumis dudaim var. aegyptiacus
Synonym:Cucumis aromaticus

16 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive grandmary38 On Aug 2, 2011, grandmary38 from Florence, AL wrote:

We planted pocket melon seed saved last year. A friend gave me a melon,(he called it a pomegranate) and I was intrigued by the fragrance. It was new to me, but I've found that many others had them growing up.
We have a bumper crop from 5 prolific plants, and we give them away to anyone who wants one.
It's not flavorful to eat, but is interesting to have in the garden or on a trellis just for the lovely fragrance.

Positive dabneyrose On Apr 13, 2009, dabneyrose from Greensboro, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

I ordered seed when I read they were 'very aromatic' and when it riped, sitting around, it perfumed my whole kitchen. Being a flower/frangrance distiller, I threw it in the still pot and distilled it. Now I have the fragrance as a liquid hydrosol I can drink or spray on my skin. :)

Positive eastpiney2000 On Mar 18, 2009, eastpiney2000 from Nashville, TN wrote:

I grew these 50+ years ago in Dickson, TN where they were called pomegranites. They taste OK when you put a little lemon juice on them.

Positive bekados On Mar 4, 2008, bekados from Pensacola, FL wrote:

I remember this plant growing wild behind my parents' house when I was a child. Twenty years later, not a scrap of it can be found. I didn't know what it was and always imagined it to be a miniature watermelon. What a great addition to a child's or fairy garden!

Neutral gardenwife On Aug 11, 2005, gardenwife from Newark, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

I've been told it is nasty-tasting, so its value comes from the scent. When mine ripens, I'll be brave and try a bite. Stay tuned!

Update 10/6/2006: I tasted it, but was unimpressed. It's really pretty bland, nothing I'd grow for consumption. For me, it was a novelty and I didn't end up growing it again this season.

Positive Terry On Jun 14, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Considered a weed and competitor to cultivated melons by commercial growers, this plant's fragrant fruit were carried in past times in ladies' pockets to provide a pleasing scent.


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

Florence, Alabama
Gravette, Arkansas
Clearlake, California
Pensacola, Florida
Cumming, Georgia (2 reports)
Barbourville, Kentucky
Dayton, Kentucky
Leesville, Louisiana
Aurora, Missouri
Taberg, New York
Newark, Ohio
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Pennsburg, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Dickson, Tennessee
Westmoreland, Tennessee
Santa Fe, Texas
Marinette, Wisconsin

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