Plant

Wild Cucumber

Wild Cucumber grows along trails, in fields, on the edges of forests and in riparian zones across PEI. Wild cucumber is a vine that grows on other shrubs and trees and can choke out smaller plants. It is easy to spot thanks to its prickly, cucumber-like fruit.

Identification

Here are some distinguishing features that may help to positively identify Wild Cucumber

  • Produces highly branched, vine-like stems
  • Leaves have 5 deep lobes and a heart-shaped base
  • Each leaf is paired with a long curly tendril
  • Flowers can be male or female
  • Male flowers grow in clusters along long branching stalks, while female flowers grow in solitude at the base of the long stem which bears the male flowers
  • Flowers bloom from July to August
  • Produces prickly, oval-shaped fruit which release the plant's seed when it has reached maturity
  • A member of the gourd family, it requires moist soil and full sun
Image gallery
Wild cucumber leaves and vine
Wild cucumber leaves and vine
Wild cucumber flowers
Wild cucumber flowers
Wild cucumber leaf
Wild cucumber leaf
Seed pod of wild cucumber
Seed pod of wild cucumber
Shape of wild cucumber leaf
Shape of wild cucumber leaf
Wild cucumber tendril
Wild cucumber tendril
Wild cucumber infestation in Darnley, PEI
Wild cucumber infestation in Darnley, PEI
Wild cucumber flower
Wild cucumber flower
Wild cucumber vine and flowers
Wild cucumber vine and flowers