Cucurbita pepo
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Cucurbita pepo

spaghetti squash
Manchurian squash
vegetable spaghetti

  family cucurbitaceae 
  genus cucurbita 

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Genus  Cucurbita Species  pepo Variety  Cultivar  Common names  pumpkin   spaghetti squash   Manchurian squash   vegetable spaghetti Family  CUCURBITACEAE Specimen number  S9226 Data source  MedPl p194;UnVeg p377
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Annual Life span  1 year Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to partial shade Water    Optimal soil texture  Soil texture 23 Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Full sun to partial shade is ideal for Cucurbita pepo.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  heals burns   anthelmintic   diuretic   urinary tonic   prostate tonic Medicinal parts  Seeds   Pulp Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  It has an interior with fibrous strands like acorn squash. Cucurbita pepo is a good low calorie food. Spaghetti squash (sometimes called Manchurian squash, vegetable spaghetti or pumpkin) is most frequently used cooked. This plant has traditionally been used in many herbal remedies including: as a burn treatment, as an anthelmintic, as a diuretic and as a urinary tonic. (More are listed in the medicinal properties section.) The seeds and the pulp are used in herbal preparations.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Seed Pollination method    Planting style  Sprawling Crop spacing  6' - 8' Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period  May 01 - May 31 Harvesting period    Frost tolerance  Tender Heat requirement  Any Fertilizer  Potassium Time to harvest  90 to 110 days
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Cooked Nutritional value  Low calorie Edible parts  Gourd Description of edible parts Flavor / texture  has an interior with fibrous strands like acorn squash
Horticulture notes  The best month for planting is May. Typical crop spacing is 6'. Potassium is required for optimal growth. Estimated time to harvest is 90 to 110 days. Propagation of Cucurbita pepo can be achieved by seed.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Cucurbita pepo has an annual life cycle.

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