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Marah macrocarpa

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Marah macrocarpa

Species Name: Marah macrocarpa
Common Name: Wild Cucumber, Man Root

Common vine in the chaparral. Emerges with first winter rains. Tuber may grow to several hundred pounds. Fruit is large and prickly, seeds are large and a favorite of wildlife. Completely dormant in summer. This plant is toxic.

Plant Family: Curcurbitaceae
Plant Type: Vine
Height by Width: 10'+ long
Growth Habit: Climbing, spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Summer deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant
Cold Hardy to:
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: White
Endangered?:
Distribution: Southwest California and Sonoran Desert
Natural Habitat: Washes, shrubby or open areas



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