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Lagenaria siceraria 'Cucuzzi'

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: Cucuzzi
Additional cultivar information: (aka Longissima, Giant Italian Squash)

Synonym:Cucurbita lagenaria
Synonym:Cucurbita siceraria
Synonym:Lagenaria leucantha
Synonym:Lagenaria vulgaris

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Leehallfae On Apr 11, 2009, Leehallfae from Seattle, WA wrote:

This one, Climbing Italian Summer Squash, is a must-have-it for those who adore lime green flowers. They can grow to 8 feet and form a lush leafy arbor.

The squash has a delicate taste, mild with a hint of artichoke. Best harvested when the gords are 10 to 12 inches in length.

Neutral frostweed On Aug 31, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Lagenaria siceraria is naturalized in Texas and other States.

Positive Phytodealer On Aug 1, 2006, Phytodealer from Brasília
Brazil wrote:

Lagenaria vulgaris, a creeper, can become a little invasive, but only if you let it out of control. The plant is a relative of the pumpkins and zucchinis, can be eaten cooked.

Positive bluespiral On Sep 11, 2004, bluespiral from (Zone 7a) wrote:

I agree that this is very easy to grow. My variety is called Cucuzzi caravazi, bought in 2002. It has grown 50' and shows no sign of slowing down. Leaves are 11" wide and 9" long, softly hairy/velvety, heart shaped, and have 5 gentle, pointed lobes. So far, the oldest gourds hang down through a yew hedge and are 5' plus. The youngest, about 12, are dangling from the top of our magnolia where they cannot be reached to eat. These behemoths are the color of luna moth wings - pale, sea green.

The flowers are about 3 1/2" on foot long stalks, white, fragrant, scented like a melon, have 4 creped, fringed petals, bloom at night and are a sight to see floating above the yew hedge at twilight. Well, the whole thing is a sight. Awesome.

Positive onalee On Sep 1, 2004, onalee from Brooksville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

These are extremely easy to grow, definately a gourd, but an old-time italian favorite for eating. Harvest when young for eating (6" - 8") and cook like summer squash. Excellent sauteed in butter! Larger cucuzzi are not good for eating, but can be dried and crafted like any other gourd and the larger ones are where you harvest seeds. Gourds cross polinate easily, so grow gourds, squash and cucumbers as far apart as possible for seeds that will be true.


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

Waverly, Alabama
Brandon, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Crawfordville, Florida
Mchenry, Illinois
Rockford, Illinois
Iola, Kansas
Marrero, Louisiana
Ellicott City, Maryland
Carson City, Nevada
Dayton, Nevada
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Charlotte, North Carolina
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Conroe, Texas
Seattle, Washington

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