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Seminole squash are spherical to pear-shaped and lightly ribbed with a tan skin. With its sweet, deep orange flesh, this squash is excellent when baked or roasted, and keeps for months (over a year in one MV gardener's pantry!). Named for the native Americans growing it in Florida when the Spaniards arrived in the 1500s, it tolerates heat, drought, insects, and powdery mildew.

Latin Name

Cucurbita moschata



Type of Plant

Annuals Annuals
Vegetables Vegetables

Bloom Season

July - August


Fall Fall


Max height Max Height: 1.5'
Max spread Max Spread: 15'


  • Edible

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


    Native Range

    Central and northern South America

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Fruit Garden & Nursery Upper Garden Lower Garden

  • Fruit Garden & Nursery
  • Upper Garden
  • Lower Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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