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Cucurbita foetedissima

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Species Name: Cucurbita foetidissima
Common Name: Calabazilla, Buffalo Gourd

This intriguing plant emerges from a tuberous root in winter and spring. It trails like a vine along the ground, producing yellow-orange flowers and a foul-smelling softball-size gourd. Gourds are decorative but are considered inedible and mildly toxic.

Plant Family: Cucurbitaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: >1' H x sprawling
Growth Habit: Vine-like, trailing
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Occasional
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Yellow-orange
Endangered?:
Distribution: Great Valley, Central West, South West, Deserts
Natural Habitat: Sandy, gravelly places below 3900'

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