The Main Plant entry for Gourds, Squashes and Pumpkins (Cucurbita)

This database entry exists to show plant data and photos that apply generically to all Gourds, Squashes and Pumpkins.

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun


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  • Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Sep 16, 2015 3:44 PM concerning plant:
    90% of the pumpkins grown in the United States are grown within a 90 mile radius of Peoria in central Illinois.
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 23, 2013 12:01 AM concerning plant:
    "Cucurbita is a genus in the gourd family Cucurbitaceae first cultivated in the Andes and Mesoamerica and now used in many parts of the world. It includes species grown for their fruit and edible seeds (the squashes, pumpkins and marrows, and the chilacayote), as well as some species grown only as gourds. These gourds (and other squashes) come in many colors, including blue, orange, yellow, red, and green. They have bicollateral vascular bundles. Many North and Central American species are visited by specialist pollinators in the apid group Eucerini, especially the genera Peponapis and Xenoglossa, and these bees can be very important for fruit set.

    Cucurbita species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species, including cabbage moths, Hypercompe indecisa, and turnip moths. Cucurbitin is found in Cucurbita seeds."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at:

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