Plant ID forum: Mystery Plant in my Garden

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Name: Tori
Dallas, GA (Zone 7b)
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GardenGoober
Sep 15, 2016 8:10 PM CST
Over the course of the summer, a vine started crawling up the side of my garden that I thought it was a cucumber. As the crazy heat of our Georgia summer slowly fried my garden, I didn't go out to check on things as often. Today I went down and noticed what I thought was a cucumber laying on the top frame of the enclosed garden, but upon closer inspection, it was not. Actually, I don't know what it is. It doesn't feel like a zucchini either. It smells somewhat like a stink weed!!
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I found a smaller one in the garden on the soil and it was spongy.
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Here is a better shot of the "fruit?" as well as a shot of the blossom.
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I brought them up to the house and sliced open the smaller one.
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Does anyone know what this is? Is it an imposted weed? Is there such a thing?!! ha ha ha!! Thanks.



"Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food." - Hippocrates
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Sep 15, 2016 8:22 PM CST
Is it Loufah?
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 15, 2016 8:24 PM CST
I think it's a Luffa
Sponge Luffa (Luffa cylindrica)
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Sep 15, 2016 8:24 PM CST
OOPS, cross posted with Celia.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Daisy
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Sep 15, 2016 9:13 PM CST
Looks like a Luffa.
Name: Tori
Dallas, GA (Zone 7b)
Region: Georgia Bee Lover Beekeeper Organic Gardener
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GardenGoober
Sep 15, 2016 10:38 PM CST
Really?!?! What in the world would I do with a Luffa? Is it edible? Or is it supposed to be a sponge?!! LOL!! I wonder how in the world that got in my garden!!! Birds? See, I really am a Garden Goober!! LOL!! *Blush*

Thanks everyone!! I guess I'll be researching Luffas this weekend. =D

UPDATE: Research didn't take long!! Found this: http://garden.org/ideas/view/dave/2322/You-Can-and-Should-Gr... and the cool thing is ... Bees love it! YAY!! I'm going to let it keep growing for my "Lovely Little Lady Bees." Okay, back to resume reading this article.
"Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food." - Hippocrates
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Name: Daniel Erdy
Catawba SC (Zone 7b)
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ediblelandscapingsc
Sep 15, 2016 11:20 PM CST
let it dry and you can use the inside as a luffa sponge.
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