Plant ID forum: Easter Egg Plants

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Name: charles
Anderson, S.C (Zone 8b)
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papa
Oct 19, 2014 9:50 AM CST
Was given to me a few years ago as a Easter egg plant. Just wondering if anyone has more info on this one. I have a lot of fun with the grand kids with this one. Witch came first chicken or egg??
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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KentPfeiffer
Oct 19, 2014 10:09 AM CST

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It's a type of Ornamental Gourd. Apparently, it's a variety that' been around since at least the 1800's and they used to serve as nest eggs (i.e. the artificial eggs that replaced real eggs in a nest to encourage the chicken to continue laying). Shrug!
Name: charles
Anderson, S.C (Zone 8b)
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papa
Oct 19, 2014 12:02 PM CST
Thank you, Kent.
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Oct 19, 2014 3:46 PM CST
It could be Solanum melongena var. Ovigerum which is edible, but may not be very palatable.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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KentPfeiffer
Oct 19, 2014 3:46 PM CST

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My pleasure.
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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KentPfeiffer
Oct 19, 2014 5:56 PM CST

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greene said:It could be Solanum melongena var. Ovigerum which is edible, but may not be very palatable.


It's absolutely not a Solanum (eggplant). The leaves and the flowers are clearly those of a squash, or gourd in this case.
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Oct 19, 2014 6:14 PM CST
I found one on ebay listed as 'Cucurbita pepo var. ovifera'
http://www.ebay.com/itm/GOURD-NEST-EGG-SEEDS-F-341-/22099033...

Baker Creek list it as just C. pepo.
http://www.rareseeds.com/japanese-nest-egg-gourd/
wildflowersoftexas.com
texasnatureonline.com


Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Oct 19, 2014 6:52 PM CST
You guys have better vision than I do. Sorry for the error.
Sunset Zone 28, AHS Heat Zone 9, USDA zone 8b~~"Leaf of Faith"
Name: charles
Anderson, S.C (Zone 8b)
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papa
Oct 20, 2014 4:23 PM CST
Hey thanks a ton you guys are great.

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