General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Plant Height: 30 feet
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Summer
Uses: Vegetable
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Containers: Not suitable for containers

Common names
  • Chinese Okra
  • Angled Loofah
  • Ribbed Gourd

Photo Gallery
Location: My garden
Date: 2018-08-09
Selfsowed - massive reaching to fan in pergola
Location: Annadale, VA
Date: Nov 30, 2011
Location: West Central Tx 
Date: 2023-05-24
Location: my garden 
Date: 2012-09-03
Location: my garden 
Date: 2017-05-15
Location: Plano, TX
Thos seedling took 8 days to germinate.
Location: My garden
Date: 2018-05-23
Location: my garden 
Date: 2013-09-02
Location: my garden 
Date: 2013-08-29
  • Posted by valleylynn (Oregon City, OR - Zone 8b) on Nov 30, 2011 6:12 PM concerning plant:
    Immature fruits of less-bitter cultivars of Luffa acutangula are used as a vegetable. They are cooked or fried and used in soups and sauces. Occasionally, the stem tops with young leaves and flower buds are used as a leafy vegetable.

    Young immature fruits are picked 12–15 days after fruit set. Fruits can be picked every 3 days throughout the fruiting season, by hand or with a knife. Individual plants may produce 15–20 fruits

    Mature, dried fruits are used as a sponge.
  • Posted by piksihk (Texas - Zone 9a) on Sep 6, 2012 12:18 PM concerning plant:
    These are starting to bear fruit after a too hot summer.
Plant Events from our members
piksihk On May 20, 2018 Seeds germinated
piksihk On September 11, 2017 Fruit Ripened
piksihk On June 22, 2017 Miscellaneous Event
they have rapidly grown - reaching over fence-
piksihk On May 14, 2017 Seeds germinated
piksihk On November 30, 2016 Maintenance performed
end of season; cutting down vines;
piksihk On August 20, 2016 Fruit Ripened
picked two - loads of blooms
piksihk On August 1, 2016 Bloomed
some leaves measure 15Lx14W; the largest leaves I've ever seen;
piksihk On September 1, 2014 Fruit Ripened
3AmigosGarden On September 4, 2017 Seeds germinated
3AmigosGarden On September 1, 2017 Seeds sown
3AmigosGarden On August 30, 2017 Obtained plant
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