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The river pumpkin is a marsh-plant that can only grow in very wet sites. The leaves of this plant resemble those of a pumpkin, hence its common name. It is important to note that the plants will die back in the cold, winter months, even in the warmest of areas. The flower stalks and petioles as well as the leaf stems are edible and are consumed by native people across the world.
Pick leaves as needed.
Break off a rhizome with eyes and soon a new leave will emerge.
Divide the clumps as they grow thick.
Requires a wet, marshy site to grow. It is most commonly found in wetlands and along riverbanks.
Birds feed on the fleshy, red berries.
Southern Africa, Madagascar, New Zealand, Tasmania, Indonesia, the Philippines, Hawaii, Mexico, Central and South America
Tropical and Sub-tropical
Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Indigenous people use the essence extracted from the roots to expel the placenta after birth and to relieve menstrual pains.
The petioles and flower stalks are eaten raw by the indigenous people of southern Africa. In South America, the native people eat the leaf stalks raw or cooked, similar to rhubarb.
Generally not affected by pests and diseases.
Plant along side marsh plants and water lovers.