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Wildflowers
by common name

Wild Cucumber
Balsam-Apple
Wild Cucumber
Echinocystis lobata

Requirements:

Soil Type - Sandy loam
Soil pH - neutral
Water - Moist
Light - Sun - Partial shade
Propagation - Seed

Characteristics:

Height - vines to 15 ft.
Time of Bloom - July - Sept
Flower colors - White
Transplants - While seedlings
Dried Wild Cucumber Pod

This is a very common wildflower and grows unnoticed in many north country backyards. Wild Cucumber prefers moist soil and shade most of the day.
It is very similar to Bur-Cucumber (Sicyos angulatus) but distinguished by the number of flower petals and fruit.
Wild Cucumber
Wild Cucumber