Green Gila Manroot
Marah gilensis

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Marah (MAIR-uh) (Info)
Species: gilensis

Category:

Perennials

Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:

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

Light Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Green

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Ajo, Arizona

Kittery, Maine

Gardeners' Notes:

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positive
2
neutrals
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RatingContent
Positive

On Mar 30, 2015, Kell from Northern California, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Per Jan Emming owner of the Destination:Forever Ranch and Gardens, a 40 acre desert botanical garden and sustainable living homestead in the Arizona desert with a nursery:

False cucumber (Marah gilensis) is a vining plant related to edible cucumbers and squash that appears primarily in wet years from a large perennial tuberous root. The bitter, non-edible fruits are slightly prickly and about 1.5 inches long.

The fruits look vicious, but the prickles are pretty soft and harmless. Even when dry they aren't that tough. I like seeing the vines clambering through the bushes, in this case a catclaw acacia. They add a touch of exotic viney green to the desert for the few months they are active.

Neutral

On Sep 26, 2012, Kaleighface103 from Hornell, NY wrote:

When you eat the seeds from the inside chambers, you begin to hallucinate. After a while you won't be able to remember what happened.

Neutral

On Nov 23, 2006, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

Also called 'Wild Cucumber'
I've seen this growing in the wild on the 'El Camino Del Diablo Trail' (Devils' Highway) that runs between Ajo and Wellton in Arizona through the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge.