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Common Name: Bur Cucumber
Sicyos angulatus is a Annual Climber up to 8.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
Eastern N. America - Quebec and Ontario to Florida, west to South Dakota, Kansas and Texas.
River banks and damp yards[
Easily grown in a sunny position in a moderately fertile soil.
The young growth in spring can be damaged by late frosts.
A very fast growing plant, capable of producing shoots up to 8 metres long in the first year from seed. The plant can be grown to provide a summer screen[
This species occasionally self-sows[
Leaves - cooked[
]. They can be cooked as greens[
The fruit is said to be edible[
]. Possibly the seed is edible but there is no flesh on the fruit, it is just a bristly skin around the seed[
]. The fruit is about 1cm long and is borne in small clusters[
A decoction of the vine has been used in the treatment of venereal disease[
Seed - sow in mid spring in a greenhouse. Germination should take place within 2 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle. Make sure the compost is fairly rich and grow the plants fast. Plant them out after the last expected frosts and consider giving them some protection such as a cloche until they are growing away actively.
The seed can also be sown in situ in late spring, though this sowing might not produce mature seeds and fruit in cool summers. Plants have self-sown in Cornwall.