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Wild Cucumber

Scientific name

Echinocystis lobata


Wild Cucumber is an annual vine that grows up to 8 m tall at a very fast rate. Wild Cucumber flowers have 6 greenish white petals that are twisted and are covered in short hairs. The leaves are light green, have 5 triangular lobes, and have small teeth along the margins. The stems have branching tendrils that wrap around surrounding plants. The fruit is a pod that resembles a cucumber with several spines and is not edible.

Planting conditions

Wild Cucumber prefers normal to moist conditions and prefers to grow in sand, loam, or clay type soils. It prefers full or part sun conditions. Wild Cucumber can naturally be found growing in deciduous swamps, stream banks, thickets, and disturbed areas.


  • Plant height:
    • Any
    • Over 3m
  • Moisture level:
    • Normal
    • Moist
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
    • Partial sun
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
    • Loamy
    • Clay
  • pH:
    • Acidic
    • Basic
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Potted
  • Plant type:
    • Vine
  • Height:
    • 8 m
  • Spread:
    • 3 m