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Date Photo Taken: 08/01/2013
Location: Dayton, OH
Posted By: cathymong


This is a volunteer. About 5 feet tall, very thick stalk, but not vining. It is upright without staking. Its leaves remind me of cucumbers, which I grew last year. But the pod is unlike anything I’ve seen. I have a lot of squirrels and birds around the little garden. This year I am growing tomatoes and hot peppers. What is it??!!


  1. parityanimal Flower Fanatic says:

    Cucumbers will cross with other cucumbers and produce hybrids, but they are still usually cucumbers. That pod just looks bizarre. I’d agree with you though that the leaves and flowers sure do look like cucumbers…Does the pod get bigger and look like anything when it does?

    August 2nd, 2013 at 9:26 am
  2. roypaul Unregistered says:

    Looks like Velvetleaf. FAST growing weed and invasive.

    August 2nd, 2013 at 9:30 am
  3. cathymong Unregistered says:

    Ah, roypaul, I believe you’re correct. Velvetleaf it is. Boo. I thought I might have a tantalizing new vegetable. A weed. What a disappointment. But thank you!

    August 2nd, 2013 at 9:53 am

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