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PlantFiles: Ornamental Gourd, Field Pumpkin
Cucurbita pepo var. ovifera 'Crown of Thorns'

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Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cucurbita (koo-KER-bih-ta) (Info)
Species: pepo var. ovifera
Cultivar: Crown of Thorns

Category:
Vines and Climbers

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:
Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Foliage:
Herbaceous
Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:
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:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Profile:

No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral Farmerdill On Sep 19, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Also known as Finger, Holy Gourd, Sugar Bowl. The white fruit is spherical to oblong, about 5 inches, with five pairs of finger-shaped protuberances extending from the ridges at the stem end freely out towards the blossom end. When I have grown the they were smooth, but some references state that they can be warted. Easy to grow,

Regional...

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

Radford, Virginia
Troy, Virginia



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