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PlantFiles: Green Gila Manroot
Marah gilensis

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

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Category:
Perennials
Vines and Climbers

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
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

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Profile:

No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Neutral Kaleighface103 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 Xenomorf 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.

Regional...

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

Ajo, Arizona
Kittery, Maine



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