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A picture of a Serpent gourd

Serpent gourd

Trichosanthes spp.

Trichosanthes cucumerina flower 1 by tanakawho (CC BY 2.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Serpent gourd

A close up of a green Trichosanthes plant with white fluffy flowers
A close up of a green Trichosanthes plant with a white flower and red fruit
A close up of a fluffy white Trichosanthes flower and some green leaves

Serpent gourd Overview

Trichosanthes is a genus containing around 108 perennials in the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae. They are tropical and subtropical, edible, vining plants and this genus contains species which are grown commercially for the fruits, which are consumed as vegetables.

Common problems with Serpent gourd

How to propagate Serpent gourd


Seed in spring at not less than 21C.

Special features of Serpent gourd

Attractive flowers

Attractive fruits

Other uses of Serpent gourd

Grown for their fruits and overall appearance.