Bur Cucumber (Sicyos angulatus)

Annual Climber
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Bur Cucumber
Sicyos angulatus
Cucurbitaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    A decoction of the vine has been used in the treatment of venereal disease[257].

  • Edible Use

    Leaves – cooked[105, 173, 183]. They can be cooked as greens[2].

    The fruit is said to be edible[105, 183]. Possibly the seed is edible but there is no flesh on the fruit, it is just a bristly skin around the seed[K]. The fruit is about 1cm long and is borne in small clusters[200].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow in mid spring in a greenhouse. Germination should take place within 2 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots once they are large enough to handle. Make sure the compost is fairly rich and grow the plants fast. Plant them out after the last expected frosts and consider giving them some protection such as a cloche until they are growing away actively. The seed can also be sown in situ in late spring, though this sowing might not produce mature seeds and fruit in cool summers. Plants have self-sown in Cornwall.
Easily grown in a sunny position in a moderately fertile soil. The young growth in spring can be damaged by late frosts. A very fast growing plant, capable of producing shoots up to 8 metres long in the first year from seed. The plant can be grown to provide a summer screen[200]. This species occasionally self-sows[K].
Eastern N. America – Quebec and Ontario to Florida, west to South Dakota, Kansas and Texas.

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*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.