The dried vines of Cucumber Vine are still evident this time of year as they hang from tree limbs and cover shrubs and grasses.
This common, annual native vine is found most often along riparian areas or wetlands preferring moist, rich soils.
Cucumber Vine grows a significant amount for an annual vine, reaching heights of 30 feet or more. It often climbs horizontally along low lying wetland shrubs, grasses and sedges.
The leaves on Cucumber Vine are very attractive, large and sharply lobed into a palm-like shape.
Seeds are available at some native plant nurseries if you have a good place to train this vine. It can be extremely showy when in flower, and equally attractive afterwards covered in seed pods. A full sun, moist location is ideal.
|Kartesz, J.T., The Biota of North America Program (BONAP).|
2011. North American Plant Atlas. Chapel Hill, N.C.