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Coyote Gourd

Cucurbita digitata

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Vines
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Bees
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
4-8' × 4-8'
Flowering Season June-October
Flower Color Yellow
Minimum Temperature Range 10 °F
Leaf Description 5 pointed lobes with whitish veins
Fruit A seed filled, melon-like fruit
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Elevation Range 1000-5000 ft.
Description While this species typically occurs in habitat as a vining groundcover, it can also be grown into trees, or even a trellis. Coyote gourd has 5 lobed leaves (think skeleton hands) and a small yellow bloom, reminiscent of squash (a close relative). The green spherical fruits look like small melons, and can be seen on the plant in late summer and early fall. Typically seen near sandy washes, or gravelly mesas so plant this species where its large tuber won't rot in the winter. This species will die back to the tuber and regrow when temperatures rise.