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Cucumbers are a vining plant with yellow flowers and slightly prickly stems. There are many varieties which produce cucumbers of different sizes and shapes.

Latin Name

Cucumis sativus



Type of Plant

Annuals Annuals
Vegetables Vegetables
Vines Vines


Summer Summer


Max height Max Height: 1.5'
Max spread Max Spread: 8'


  • Annual
  • Edible
  • Vegetable

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


    Native Range

    South Asia


    John Custis sent cucumber seeds to Peter Collinson in 1738.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Lower Garden Upper Garden

  • Lower Garden
  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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