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Missouri gourd

Cucurbita foetidissima

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SIZE: 20-30 feet

LIGHT: Sun

SOIL:Dry or sandy soils

MOISTURE: Dry

DURATION: Perennial

BLOOM COLOR: Yellow

BLOOM PERIOD: June-August

FAMILY: Cucurbitaceae (Cucumber Family)

DESCRIPTION:  Missouri gourd, also called Stinking gourd, is native to the San Antonio River basin.  This vine can grow   to 30 feet long.  The leaves are large, triangle shaped, hairy, and greyish-green in color.  It has large bell shaped flowers that are up to four inches across as well as tennis ball sized fruits.  This vine has a foul odor, hence the name.  This plant has been used to cure or ease symptoms of several ailments but can be poisonous if ingested in large quantities.