Bur Cucumber

Sicyos angulatus

Bur cucumber flower

This fuzzy, climbing annual will grow in shady, moist areas. It can put out runners that extend up to 25 feet and the plant closely resembles the garden-variety cucumber plant. The 5-petalled flowers are greenish-white and are borne in clusters.  The clustered fruits that result will be small and covered with bristles.  Another look-alike is wild cucumber, which has 6-petalled flowers, smooth stems (not hairy), and single fruits.

 

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