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A picture of a Loofah


Luffa spp.

Also known as

Gourd, Dishcloth gourd, Strainer vine, Rag gourd

Luffa aegyptica by English Wikipedia (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Loofah

A close up of some green Luffa leaves and a yellow flower
A close up of a yellow Luffa flower
A green Luffa fruit hanging from a plant
A bunch of green Luffa fruits

Loofah Overview

Luffa is a genus of tropical and subtropical vines. There are around 9 species and this genus lies in the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae.

Special features of Loofah

Attractive flowers

Attractive fruits

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Loofah

Indoors for personal use.

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