A picture of a Wild Cucumber

Wild Cucumber

Ecballium elaterium

Also known as

Squirting Cucumber, Exploding Cucumber

Ecballium elaterium pm2 by Peter A. Mansfeld (CC BY 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Tender

H2

RHS hardiness

1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

1m

10cm

Min

50cm

1 years to reach maturity

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Wild Cucumber

Ecballium elaterium - Talence - 2010 (2)
A photo of Wild Cucumber
Ecballium elaterium RJP 02
Ecballium elaterium RJP 01
Ecballium elaterium fruit and flower

Wild Cucumber Overview

Ecballium elaterium is a bushy perennial species which is frequently grown as an annual plant. Commonly called exploding cucumber or squirting cucumber after its explosive seed dispersal method. Upon ripening, this plant rapidly expels mucilage coated seeds from blue-green fruits when touched. Generally coated in hairy bristles, foliage has ruffled edges and this genus is generally grown for its funny fruits. Flowers are yellow, 5-petalled and measure approximately 2cm across.

Special features of Wild Cucumber

Attractive fruits