Origin: United States Pot Size: 3. Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use. Click to learn all about the genus Cucurbita and to shop. Click Add to Wishlist to receive an email if this plant is back in stock. May we introduce you to the buffalo gourd?
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Origin: United States Pot Size: 3. Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use. Click to learn all about the genus Cucurbita and to shop. Click Add to Wishlist to receive an email if this plant is back in stock. May we introduce you to the buffalo gourd? Despite being native to dry deserts, Cucurbita foetidissima has performed marvelously in our wet, humid summers.
Buffalo gourd has been used culinarily and medicinally by Native Americans for over 5, years. The fruit is unpalatable, but the seeds, which are high in fat and proteins, were eaten or used in food preparation. Some Indian tribes consider the buffalo gourd to have great healing powers and used it on various body parts.
Albeit poisonous in its natural form, various preparations from the tuberous root which can reach pounds are used to relieve chest pain, as a powerful laxative, disinfectant, applied to sores, and as a laundry soap and shampoo. Buffalo gourds for the masses! Ready to Shop? Try these great plants!
Cucurbita female flower with pollinating squash bees All species of Cucurbita have 20 pairs of chromosomes. Competitively grown specimens are therefore often hand-pollinated to maximize the number of seeds in the fruit, which increases the fruit size; this pollination requires skilled technique. When a plant already has a fruit developing, subsequent female flowers on the plant are less likely to mature, a phenomenon called "first-fruit dominance",  and male flowers are more frequent, an effect that appears due to reduced natural ethylene production within the plant stem. The development of female flowers is not yet understood. Seeds planted deeper than
Büffelkürbis - Prärie-Kürbis Samen (Cucurbita Foetidissima)
Bailey Filov C. Habitat Preference: C. Geographic Distribution in Michigan: The stinking gourd is not native to Michigan and has only been found in Berrien county Known Elevational Distribution: C. The stinking gourd is also found in northern Mexico. The species tends toward xerophytic grasslands and deserts, but it has been introduced in many Midwestern states 13,18,