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PlantFiles: Snake Gourd
Trichosanthes cucumerina var. anguina

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Trichosanthes (try-ko-SAN-thees) (Info)
Species: cucumerina var. anguina

Synonym:Trichosanthes anguina


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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
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Bloom Time:
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Other details:
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral WUVIE On Feb 25, 2007, WUVIE from Hulbert, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Not to be confused with the hardshelled snake gourd, the Tricosanthes is indeed a unique and interesting plant.

A few years ago, I grew this plant with good results even though I paid little attention to it.

Perhaps I'm just partial to the hardshells, but I found this snake gourd to be ornamental only, and of no further use once the life of the vine was complete, which is at first frost.


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

Hulbert, Oklahoma
Sumner, Washington

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