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

squash bees (Peponapis pruinosa) #Pollination

This plant is tagged in:
Image Image

Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Sep 16, 2015 3:44 PM

90% of the pumpkins grown in the United States are grown within a 90 mile radius of Peoria in central Illinois.

[ 2 replies | Give a thumbs up ]

Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 23, 2013 12:01 AM

"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:

[ Reply to this comment | Give a thumbs up ]

Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
delicata squash mutant by judithblair88 Sep 14, 2017 9:16 PM 22
Working with my raised beds. by trailtwister Feb 18, 2018 4:40 PM 128
Is this fungus? by gilsummer9 Jun 15, 2017 7:47 PM 5
plant id by hummingangel May 31, 2017 11:11 PM 3
Help me identify vegetable by Pauldelpino May 29, 2017 6:27 PM 5
Ball's Zucchini by Bonehead Jun 12, 2017 9:57 AM 4
Is the Pumpkin Ready to Harvest? by Jaco17 Mar 19, 2017 7:27 AM 6
Old time, home remedy for squash bugs and cucumber beetles. by Philipwonel Mar 17, 2017 1:34 PM 19
Space pod by Baja_Costero Mar 13, 2017 6:15 PM 5
looking for kabocha squash and other unusual winter squash by badalice79 Mar 28, 2017 11:18 AM 5

« Add a new plant to the database

« The Plants Database Front Page

Today's site banner is by Paul2032 and is called "Hosta Great Expectations and Corydalis lutea"