Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mystery Solved???


Here's what I learned about yesterday's mystery plant:

 
Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)

Genus: Momordica (mo-MOR-di-ka) (Info)

Species: balsamina (bal-SAM-in-uh) (Info)

8 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Vines and Climbers

Height:
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year
Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:
Herbaceous
Chartreuse/Yellow

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

It would be great on a fence or arbor,
neither of which we have.
I'm not brave enough to eat it.
Seeds, anyone?





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