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Zucchini, Courgette, Summer Squash 'Black Zucchini'

Cucurbita pepo

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: pepo (PEP-oh) (Info)
Cultivar: Black Zucchini
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Zucchini (summer)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Days to Maturity:

51 to 60 days

Mature Skin Color:

Medium Green


Less than 1 pound (0.5 kg)



Disease Resistance:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Type:

Open Pollinated

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Calistoga, California

Menifee, California

Augusta, Georgia

Hampton, Illinois

Vanceburg, Kentucky

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 24, 2013, risingcreek from sun city, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

fast growing tasty prolific


On Jun 5, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

These grow fast and yield fast. They're great picked small and grilled.


On Oct 18, 2004, trifunov from Brandon, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:

I ordered this seed from "Super Seed.com" and according to their website "345. ZUCCHINI-BLACK (50 days)
Yields aren't as large as with the hybrids, but still provide plenty of squash for the average family. Flavor is unsurpassed. This variety was originally listed by the Jerome B. Rice Seed Company in 1932." I'll update after growing it.


On Dec 22, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I am not a great fan of zucchini. It is popular in this area for stir fry and zucchini bread so I grow several varieties each year. This happens to be the variety carried in bulk by my local seed and feed. It grows well although not as prolific as modern hybrids. It is very very dark green and quite attractive. It is one of the several open pollinated zucchini avaiable.