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Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucumis (KOO-koo-mis) (Info)
Species: sativus (sa-TEE-vus) (Info)
Cultivar: Sumter
Hybridized by Clemson Agricultural Experiment Station
Registered or introduced: 1973
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Vines and Climbers


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Seed Type:


Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Other details:

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

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


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

Venice, Florida

Charleston, South Carolina

Jonesville, South Carolina

Moncks Corner, South Carolina

Ridgeville, South Carolina

Mesquite, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 14, 2009, lssfishhunter from Jonesville, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This cucumber will grow in my area but I have found others that will produce more. Taste is good and will do well for pickles.


On Jul 29, 2005, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

If you like small, prolific cucumbers [I do], this is a good choice. When small, it's vrtually seedless and makes a great cold soup when shredded into yogurt with pressed garlic and freshly ground black pepper.


On Jul 23, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A white spined pickler. Resistant to downy mildew, powdery mildew, anthracnose, angular leaf spot, scab, cucumber mosaic virus, and watermelon mosaic virus.