I planted cucumbers...so what is this?

Michelle D
Michelle D Posts: 1,423 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited September 2022 in Vegetables

I planted cucumber seeds from a reputable seed company this past spring. The leaves looked like cucumbers to me. They finally started flowering a week or so ago. The flowers don't look like cucumber at all.

I just noticed today they they have developed a fruit or seed pod.

Can anyone tell me what I have here?


  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,520 admin

    I've never seen a cucumber with white flowers before so I googled "cucumbers with white flowers".

    Google suggested wild cucumber (which is Echinocystis lobata). This is an article from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    But it might also be bur cucumber (which is Sicyos angulatus). I think the pic and description is more like what you have.

  • Michelle D
    Michelle D Posts: 1,423 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @torey thank you. It does seem to be the bur cucumber.

    I will probably never know but I really wonder how this happened. 🤔 I would have liked to have had cucumbers. They have definitely been useful at attracting pollinators. I will choose to see the bring side.

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,378 admin

    I agree with your conclusion.

    If you run across wild cucumber, be aware that it is poisonous and takes over like crazy. I have seen it a lot on trees & shrubs along trails up here. It's beautiful, but not at all a good plant to have. I had been told that it was invasive and brought here as a decorative plant so I was surprised to read that it is native.

    @Michelle D I certainly would contact the company about this. How disappointing.