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Dipper gourds are sprawling plants that produce enormous quantities of fruit over the course of the season. The gourds they produce can be used to make drinking vessels, birdhouses, and other decorative items.

Latin Name

Lagenaria siceraria



Type of Plant

Annuals Annuals
Crops Crops

Bloom Season

July - September


Summer Summer
Fall Fall


Max height Max Height: 1.5'
Max spread Max Spread: 16'


  • Annual
  • Crop

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun

    Attracted Wildlife

    Hummingbirds Hummingbirds


    Do not ingest Do not ingest


    Native Range



    John Custis sent Peter Collinson some gourd seeds in 1741.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Pioneer Farm

  • Pioneer Farm

  • Hardiness Zones

    USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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