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Cucurbita pepo

Cucurbita pepo L.

Field Pumpkin

Cucurbitaceae (Cucumber family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (NI), PR (I), CAN (W)

This species includes botanical varieties that are North American natives. However, it also includes botanical varieties that are not native to North America, e.g. Cucurbita pepo var. pepo, Field Pumpkin. Non-native taxa are not treated in this database.

Domesticated varieties of this species, many now widely cultivated, are commonly known as Summer Squash, Winter Squash or Pumpkins.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb , Vine
Fruit Type: Pepo
Size Notes: Sprawling or climbing, stems up to about 10 feet long.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


USA: AK , AR , CA , CT , GA , IL , KS , KY , LA , MA , MI , MO , MS , NC , NH , NM , NV , NY , OH , PA , SC , TN , TX , UT , VA , WV
Canada: ON , QC

Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Cucurbita pepo in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cucurbita pepo in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cucurbita pepo


Record Modified: 2022-03-09
Research By: CBR

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