Bigroot (Marah fabaceus)

Perennial Climber
Echinocystis fabacea. Naudin.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Bigroot
Marah fabaceus
Cucurbitaceae

The crushed seeds, mixed with oil, have been rubbed on the hair to prevent baldness[257].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Used as a vegetable[177]. We do not know if the fruit, root or the leaves are used[K].

  • Cautionary Notes

    The root is said to be poisonous to fish[257]. We have no reports as to whether or not it is toxic to mammals[K].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow early spring in pots of rich soil in a greenhouse. Germination usually takes place within 1 – 2 weeks at 20¡c. Put 2 or 3 seeds in each pot and thin to the best plant. Grow on fast and plant out after the last expected frosts.
Requires a rich soil and abundant moisture[1]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10¡c[200]. A climbing plant, supporting itself by means of tendrils[219].
South-western N. America – California.

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