A picture of a Squirting Cucumber

Squirting Cucumber

Ecballium spp.

Also known as

Exploding Cucumber

Ecballium elaterium RJP 02 by RickP (CC BY 2.5)

Full Sun
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Squirting Cucumber

Ecballium elaterium - Talence - 2010 (2)
Ecballium elaterium RJP 01
A photo of Squirting Cucumber
Ecballium elaterium 2007-06-02 (flower)
Ecballium elaterium pm2

Squirting Cucumber Overview

Ecballium is a genus characterised by a sole species of bushy perennial, Ecballium elaterium, which is frequently grown as an annual plant. The sole species in this genus is 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 Squirting Cucumber

Attractive flowers