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Muskmelons are a trailing, vining plant with small yellow flowers which often performs better when grown on a trellis. They produce fruit in a wide variety of shapes and colors. Their fruits are frequently fragrant.

Latin Name

Cucumis melo



Type of Plant

Annuals Annuals
Vegetables Vegetables


Summer Summer


Max height Max Height: 9'
Max spread Max Spread: 3'


  • Annual
  • Edible
  • Vegetable

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


    Native Range

    Middle East


    Washington thanks Charles Cotesworth Pinckney for some melon seeds that he had sent to Mrs. Washington in 1799.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator
    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden Lower Garden Pioneer Farm

  • Upper Garden
  • Lower Garden
  • Pioneer Farm

  • Hardiness Zones

    USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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