As a follow up to my posting about the native vines in our yard, there are a few other native vines that are common locally in Central Minnesota worth discussing.
|Image R.A. Howard @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Cucumber Vine flowers from July through September. The spikey green bladder fruit develops in August and hangs below the vine.
Cucumber Vine seed is available for sale from Prairie Moon Nursery.
This perennial twining vine has alternate leaves composed of 5-9 leaflets. The flowers can be light pink to a dark maroon in color resembling an irregular pea flower.
According to Fernald & Kinsey in Edible Wild Plants of Eastern North America this plant was introduced in Europe in 1845 "as a possible substitute for the potato, which was becoming subject to diseases". This was soon abandoned because the "plant proved to be an impracticable crop".