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.

Vines and Climbers

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year
Blooms repeatedly


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:

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?



  1. Looks interesting but I can't grow it--dry sand and all. But, it is neat. Thanks for sharing this unique one!

  2. Oh good, I'm glad you explained what it was! I'd been wondering :) I doubt it would grow here, but enjoy it there!

  3. I've seen it here in Orlando, don't know about the "moist soil" part, I've seen it growing in pretty dry areas. It will quickly cover a fence as well as any other plants around it, it self seeds readily, and can be hard to get rid of. Personally, I'd call it a noxious weed.

  4. Hi Daisy, It's very bright and colorful. I wasn't familiar with this plant. Thanks for sharing. Always good/interesting to see new (to me) plants. Happy FF!

  5. Is it something you can eat? It looks like what my elderly friend calls a soap pod tree. Why would someone want this? Just curious.~Ames

  6. Sue-It's always a pleasure!

    katy-Thank you!

    A. Riley-It may not be staying if it tries to take over, but for now I am enjoying the yellow blooms.

    Beth-Glad you enjoyed your visit!

    Ames-I was just curious too, that's why I let it keep growing. I always enjoy learning about new plants. I think it is eaten, but not by me!


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