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Cucurbita_ spp., _Lagenaria_ spp., _Luffa_ spp.

Plant gourds if for no other reason than because they're fun. They come in a delightful, wacky array of shapes, colors, and sizes and are sure to bring a smile when you harvest them. Some gourds are used for functional items or to eat, but all of these fast, easy growers are great project go do to with kids. Many will grow up fences and trellises, which makes them even more interesting and dramatic.

The term gourd is a catch-all for several closely related plants. Hard-shelled gourds are also called birdhouse gourds, bottle gourds, or dipper gourds. Immature fruits and vines are used as a vegetable, known as calabash. The interior flesh of the mature luffa gourd has long been used as a bath sponge. It is sometimes eaten as a vegetable when immature. Soft-shelled gourds come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors. They are used only decoratively.





From 1 to 20 feet


1-4 feet wide

how to grow Gourd

more varieties for Gourd
Bottle gourd

Bottle gourd

(Lagenaria spp.) is also called birdhouse gourd, because dried fruits may be made into birdhouses. In its immature stage, it is eaten as a vegetable, which is known as calabash.

Dipper gourd

Dipper gourd

(Lagenaria spp.) is characterized by its long, narrow neck and swollen base. After drying, cut it in half lengthwise to make a dipper.

Luffa gourd

Luffa gourd

(Luffa spp.) bears long, cylindrical fruits on a vigorous vine. The spongy, dried interior is used a bath sponge.

Miniature pumpkin

Miniature pumpkin

(Cucurbita spp.) is actually a type of gourd. Use it in fall decorations.

Soft-shell gourds

Soft-shell gourds

(Cucurbita spp.) may have smooth or warty skin, and vary in color from white to green, yellow, orange, or striped. All are used decoratively.

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